Scriptures, Myths, and Power: The Bible at Work - Chapter Four

The Bible as Myth in America


  • Burton Mack Claremont Graduate University



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Part 4 of Burton Mack's extended conversation with Vincent Wimbush and Institute for Signifying Scripture, Claremont Graduate University. The conversation revolves around the cultural function of the Bible as Christian myth in American society, and the African-American domestication of the Bible as their Scripture. The essay explores the differences between the Bible as myth in the dominant Euro-American tradition, and the Bible as Scripture in African-American experience. Drawing upon the work of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the concept of "signifying" describes a remarkable linguistic style characteristic of African-American mentality and culture.

Author Biography

Burton Mack, Claremont Graduate University

Burton Mack is Emeritus Professor of Early Christianity, Claremont Graduate University



How to Cite

Mack, B. (2011). Scriptures, Myths, and Power: The Bible at Work - Chapter Four: The Bible as Myth in America. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 5(1), 69–90.




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