In the context of that definition the word story is used to mean parable or allegory. So no, the Bible is an actual historical account not a story as defined here.
posted on 04/08/2010 11:50:00 AM PDT
(Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
I also think you're reading too much into the definition of a myth as a "story." I've heard people speaking academically use the term without regard to whether the story is true or not, just as a term for the foundational beliefs of a society. For example, this page
refers to the American myth that "anyone can grow up to be president." But it's applying the term to the life story of Herbert Hoover, which is obviously a true story.
That said, the authors of this textbook were remarkably tone-deaf to use the word that way (if that's what they meant). You can't ignore the connotations words have in common use. I'd be fine with a social sciences textbook using the Bible as an example of how societies are shaped by their beliefs about themselves and referring to it as a myth in that context. But this is a biology textbook, and there's no need to use that word.
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