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Thou Art ThatThis book is my first exposure to Joseph Campbell s work I know little of mythology and even less on comparative religion study thus this book serves a very valuable introduction to a vast realm of scholarship and writings Here are a few notes for my own edificationWhat Myths Do age 2 onwardFour functions C est la vie resentation of a order of the cosmos validate and support a specific moral and social order carry individuals through the various stages in life with integrity The C est la vie aspect resonates with rimitive mythologies to help เพชรพระอุมา (ตอน 04) อาถรรพณ์นิทรานคร people to face death including human sacrificial rituals In the author Campbell makes some importantoints about the importance of interpreting myths as mythology and not history He also notes some important recurring themes in different world religionsHowever "He Falls Victim To Some Lazy Syncretism Here No Not "falls victim to some lazy syncretism here No not religious mysticism is the same There s still a retty big difference between Teresa Avila the Upanishads and the KabbalahMoreover he erforms some Dan Brown levels of coincidence herding He jumbles numbers in an attempt to rove the number 432000 repeats in most mythologies It doesn t At least not without some tortured mathematics Of course he never explains what that ertinence is He s interested in identifying Baby Girl (Erik Ead Trilogy, patterns even if some of thoseatterns are only in his head I believe in Campbell with my blood and flesh he understood the 待つ [Matsu] power of myth so well Interested in exploring some of the Biblical symbols of the Judeo Christian faith Iicked up this book with high expectations No doubt this book has helped me wrestle with my faith since icking it up However this book suffers from many shortcomings that by the middle ortion of the book almost made me ut it down First while the #Language Was Not Complex The Sentence Structure And Lack Of #was not complex the sentence structure and lack of to grammatical rules made the text unwieldy My understanding is that much of this book is based on speeches by Campbell However unwieldy My understanding is that much of this book is based on speeches by Campbell However editing is needed to help the readerSecond at various oints Campbell goes into long winded rabbit trails that offers little to his main Encounters with Rauschenberg: (A Lavishly Illustrated Lecture) point For example in Chapter V Campbell engages in a twoage discussion on the importance of the number 432 as he moved from the subject What Kind of Gods Have We Campbell offers no introduction no conclusion no context as to why 432 is important Just that 432 is important Additionally Campbell arbitrarily searches for this number in all Vögeln ist schön: Die Sexrevolte von 1968 und was von ihr bleibt place This is evidenced by the statement that in the 1656 years from the creation to the Flood 86400 weeks hadassed Divided by two that again roduces 43200 Campbell offers no explanation for dividing by 2 Even that Campbell is so focused on finding 432 that he overlooks the fact that 1656 x 52 86112 Campbell ignoring this fact leads me to my biggest roblem with the textThird Campbell has a lot of basic information completely wrong Many of the things that Campbell states are based on erroneous facts As earli. Thou Art That is a compilation of reviously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo Christian tradition Here Campbell explores common religious symbols reexamining and reinterpreting them in the context of his remarkable knowledge of.

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Er mentioned Campbell is so focused on finding "the number 432 that he does not do "number 432 that he does not do multiplication and division correctly However there are other facts that Campbell asserts about the Bible that is incorrect Here is a few examples Campbell asserts that Christ is born in a cave The only mention of a cave in the 4 Gospel accounts in either the King James or the New American Standard Bible is found in John 11 dealing with Lazarus Campbell s assertion about the nunc dimittis is incorrect Campbell states that the nunc dimittis said by Simeon happens after a young Jesus teaches in the temple However Simeon makes nunc dimittis after Jesus is Ouroboros presented at the temple and before about 12 years before Jesus teaches in the temple Jesus teaching at the temple and the nunc dimittis is found in Luke 2 Campbell states that Jesus was teaching in the temple in Jerusalem because his family was in Jerusalem because of the census Again a reading of Luke 2 indicates that Jesus s family was in Jerusalem because of the Feast of the Passover Mary went to Bethlehem because of the census in Luke 21 Campbell states that Hebrew was the first language and all other language come from it at the Tower of Babel In Genesis 11 there is no mention of a specific language at allAdmittedly I may reading these stories as fact too much However mistakes like simple mathematics or checking the Biblical account to get the story accurate is a greater travesty If Campbell got this wrong what else did he get wrong This is an excellent book and a fast read for anyone wanting to introduce themselves to the work of Joseph Campbell Though the focus of the book is on the symbology and mythology inherent in the Christian Bible the text stillrovides us with a nice sense of the most overarching and central message of Campbell s life s work namely that when viewed correctly through the lens of mythology all religions of the world Hollendartida i Norge: 1550–1750 point to the same unending and everresent mystery of being that is alive within religions of the world oint to the same unending and ever resent mystery of being that is alive within of us Further the book demonstrates in detail that when we refuse to view religious narratives as metaphorical in nature and insist upon interpreting them as historical facts we deprive ourselves of the value and nourishment that they were intended to rovide Campbell s sweeping and incredible knowledge of world mythology is displayed beautifully in this book and I encourage anyone who has not engaged his work to make a riority of doing so I was reading this book when my father was diagnosed with his lung cancer Talk about literary serendipities It s a gentle Campbellian consideration of cultural assumptions and how they shape our overall thinking It s a really lovely read The wise men who bowed down before the baby Jesus as he lay in the manger they were Magi I knew that What I didn t know is that Magi were the riests of the God Mithras and for three centuries Mithras was Christianity s main competitor The wise men s resence at the nativity scene is. World mythology According to Campbell society often confuses the literal and metaphorical interpretations of religious stories and symbols In this collection he elouently reestablishes these metaphors as a means to enhance spiritual understanding and mystical revelation. .
A symbolic representation of the new religion superseding the old This is why reading Joseph Campbell is representation of the new religion superseding the old This is why reading Joseph Campbell is revelatory Who better to ut reli Campbell "has an unfortunate habit of ainting with too broad a brush glossing over the important differences in order to "an unfortunate habit of ainting with too broad a brush glossing over the important differences in order to otherwise minor similarities That trait along with his unfortunate occasional trips into New Age ish theories and terminology at one ment his obsession with numerology and making the mistake he berates others for taking something literally when it s metaphorical in this case his discussion of 40 yearsdaysetc as actually being 40 instead of just a way of signifying a long time are on display here weakening an otherwise Forever Im Yours promising book The fact the the chapters are stitched together from multiple speeches talks interviews and writings does little for this making theresentation somewhat lacking in focus and depth and in the end it is desperately in need of a slightly less worshipful editor to trim the verbal fatHeavily Gnostic in both tone and topic there is interesting material His treatment of the Genesis stories and discussion on connotation vs denotation are Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown particularly interesting it s just that the weakerarts often overwhelm and eclipse the stronger While I really liked a lot of the ideas Campbell Honey, I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Timeouts, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work poses in this book I often felt that hisresentation of the ideas was rather convoluted and unclear Also neither he nor his editor know how to use commas But if you think you can untangle the linguistic knots and deal with the free association feel of the writing while tolerating comma misuse the concepts resented are well worth the effort I ve been a huge fan of Joseph Campbell since being led to The Hero with a Thousand Faces from interviews and documentaries about Star Wars I loved that book but in my opinion there are much deeper and fascinating insights to be found in his wider body of work on comparative mythologyThou art That centers on the interpretation of religious metaphor with several specific examples focusing on Judeo Christian religionmyth However the ideas are broader than just Christianity and several op culture examples are brought in The main idea is that when you interpret religious symbolism as literal historical fact you completely rob the symbolism of its impact and importance you wall yourself off from the real lesson to be learned It goes further by introducing the idea that our scientific minds shaped by the understanding of a vast and calculated universe no longer respond to the old religious symbology The idea of heaven as a A Spectre Is Haunting Texas place beyond earth the virgin birth etc We are too literal and scientific to allow the metaphor to come through from these stories And since the symbols no longer speak to us we need new symbols Star Wars 2001 A Space Odyssey and many mythologies and religions come intolay here and through the lens of Campbell s symbology reveal much deeper and lasting truths than we allow ourselves to understan. With characteristic verve he ranges from rich storytelling to insightful comparative scholarship Included is editor Eugene Kennedy’s classic interview with Campbell in The New York Times Magazine which brought the scholar to the Tilak Kathalu public’s attention for the first tim.