"...[A]s postmodernism gives way to the new ‘structure of feeling’ called metamodernism, the transcendent and archetypal impulse is seeing a resurgence. Myth and grand narratives are receiving a second look and, from a once-homed focus on contingency and context, interests in the ‘timeless’ and ‘universal’ are again finding energetic expression. Has transcendence become viable once more — or has it been reconceived?
In this article I consider the relationship of such a philosophical revaluation to a new and distinctly ‘metamodern’ sensibility. This post-postmodern ethos, eschewing both the naïve metaphysical systems of the past as well as the superficial materialism of postmodernity, has occasioned a project of reconstruction — one in which new myths and paradigmatic models are now being artfully crafted for the twenty-first century."
and Biblical Criticism
This monograph explores the historical processes by which the ancient Near Eastern combat myth—a story of battle between a mighty storm god and a draconic sea monster—became one of early Christianity's key frameworks for interpreting and articulating the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
Beginning with a survey of extant texts from Mesopotamia to Anatolia, the myth's defining themes, motifs, and structure are established. With these, a clear trajectory is then traced from ancient Israelite myth and cult, through the Prophets, to Jewish apocalypticism and, finally, early Christianity. This analysis provides the context for the remainder of the study: an exegesis of the Gospel of Mark, wherein the role of the combat myth is, for the first time, comprehensively assessed. This investigation shows Mark employing a combat myth typology as the chief thematic and structural basis for his gospel. Jesus is the apocalyptic warrior—and Satan, the cosmic Leviathan.