The Myth’s Influential Power


The article “Moses is Revered by Three Faiths – The biblical story strongly resonates today”, by Kira Zalan, ” discusses the influence of Moses in modern society. According to the article, political leaders  are often inspired by the story of Moses and how he freed the oppressed Israelites by God’s command. Political leaders such as president Harry Truman and Bill Clinton have referenced Moses and the Ten Commandments. It is easy to see how such religious  influence on powerful political people can in turn influence the masses on a large scale. Some of these political leaders shape the way laws are made and their ideology certainly has an influence on their decisions. A simple example would be the idea of  thou shalt not kill. Some states practice capital punishment while some states do not. How these states decide whether to practice capital punishment may be dependent on the beliefs of their political leaders . Political leaders also have influence over the people they represent. For example through the use of media. In African societies, eerie murders and sacrifices are common. These incidents are sometimes promoted by African religions and beliefs.

The article also mentions many facts that historians find and the use of these facts by scholars to interpret the story of Moses. William Dever, who was mentioned in the article, is a biblical archaeologist. He reveals his findings on the character Moses and concludes that there is no significant evidence that supports for Moses’ existence According to Zalan, Egyptologists also found no similar characters that resembled Moses in the historical time frame. 

Most people’s understanding of myth is an influential story that is not true. Taken into consideration of the idea that there is not many evidence of Moses’ existence outside the biblical context, the story of Moses may be considered a myth.. The academic definition of a myth “is a story with culturally formative power that functions to direct the life and thought of individuals and groups of societies”. Under this definition, whether the myth is true or not the story of Moses is still considered as a myth.

The significance of myths is shown through the story of Moses’. Essentially, the idea that there is no proof of Moses’ existence outside of biblical context does not change the fact of its influential power. Many other myths continue to shape today’s modern society. Having an understanding of myths can explain how some of the rules and ideologies of our society come together. The moral and beliefs of today’s society may be influenced by myths; spreading like a wild fire.


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One thought on “The Myth’s Influential Power

  1. I find it very interesting how this article claims that the story of Moses is a myth. I suspect that many religious people would find this offensive because of the important role that the story of Moses plays in the Judaism, Christianity and Islam. That being said, based on the scholarly definition of a myth as stated above, the story of Moses clearly fits. It is obvious how Moses has impacted literary billions of people around the world. I do also agree with your statement about how true stories can still be considered to be a myth because of their culturally formative power.

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