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fable

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A Dictionary of the Bible What is This? Contains accessibly written entries for topics covering the religious, historical, and social aspects of the Bible.

    fable

    The description in AV for fictitious ‘old wives’ tales' (1 Tim. 4: 7); called ‘cunningly devised’ (2 Pet. 1: 16). NRSV, REB, and NJB prefer the translation ‘myths’—but this adds to the difficulty of rescuing the use of ‘myth’ by modern theologians as a story which conveys a truth other than the historical.

    The word does not occur in the OT but parables about trees (Judg. 9: 8–15 and 2 Kgs. 14: 9 ff.) fall into this category.

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