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Fan Of Joseph Campbell Since of Joseph Campbell since 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 pop culture examples are brought in The main idea is that when You Interpret Religious Symbolism interpret religious symbolism literal historical fact you completely rob the symbolism of its impact and importance you wall yourself off from the rea While I really liked a lot of the ideas Campbell poses in this book I often felt that his presentation of the ideas was rather convoluted and unclear Also neither he nor. #THOU ART THAT IS A COMPILATION OF PREVIOUSLY UNCOLLECTED #Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected 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. 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 tolera Campbell has an
unfortunate habit of painting with too broad a brush lossing over the important differences in order habit of painting with too broad a brush lossing over the important differences in order accentuate 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 promising book The fact
The The Chapters Are Stitched Together From the chapters are stitched together from speeches talks interviews and writings does little for this making the presentation somewhat. 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. mystical revelation. 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 particularly interesting it s just His treatment of the Genesis stories and discussion on connotation vs denotation are particularly interesting it s just the weaker parts often overwhelm and eclipse the stronger 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 priests of the God Mithras and for three centuries Mithras was Christianity s main competitor The wise men s presence at the nativity scene is a symbolic representation of the new
RELIGION SUPERSEDING THE OLD THIS IS superseding the old This is reading Joseph Campbell is so revelatory Who better to put religion into context than a comparative mythologist who is himself a visionar. 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 public’s attention for the first tim.
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