Historical myth as instructive story

Sir Tainley

John Keefe… for all I disagree with you… you are a good sport for posting as often and as honestly as you do… and you inspired this discussion! So thank you!

Mark 2, has the following story about Jesus

23 One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields, and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food, 26 how he entered the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions?” 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for humankind and not humankind for the Sabbath, 28 so the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

This came up in our conversation about the historicity of the bible.  King David and Jesus, per the bible, are separated by about 1,000 years in time. Does a Stele that mentions “… of the House of David” confirm that King David was a real person, or does it just mean there were kings who used that name to justify their position.  It’s a reasonable (if not very interesting) point of disagreement.

Here’s where the cite from Mark comes up… “Jesus clearly talks about David as if he’s real, therefore he David is real” vs. “Jesus is referring to a common myth figure that his audience is familiar with, and using that to make a moral point.”

So… my question/challenge for you… The Robin Hood stories are set about as far away in time from us as David was from Jesus.  And should be familiar to people in the English/American cultural context.

Can you make a brief moral/philosophical point, relevant to us today, illustrated with Robin Hood… with bonus points for throwing in mentions of other figures?

I want to test the thesis about using figures of myth to make a moral point.

Article URL : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood

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