Does America Have Its Own Origins Myth?

“Most countries construct myths of their origins … and speak of those myths in divine hues,” said Franklin T. Lambert, professor of history at Purdue University, during an April 18 lecture at Mercer University.

Prof. Frank Lambert

Lambert contends that the United States is no different.

Now, there’s food for thought.

When American’s say that we are God’s country or that we were founded as a Christian nation, how different are we from ancient cultures–Egyptian, Babylonian, Csnaanite, and Israelite–that made the same claim?

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  • Nathan MacDonald

    In my OT introduction classes at St Andrews I used to use American national myths as my main parallel to biblical texts about Israelite origins. I take it that’s not such a common approach on the other side of the Atlantic?

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