An early Hellenistic fable in the bible
As most here know I am a bible minimalist. Not by choice. From several years of study and examining evidence and rejecting theories I previously thought valid I was forced to admit that the historical books of the Hebrew Bible date between 330-80 BCE
The earliest is likely is Jewish version of this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fir_and_the_Bramble
Aesop (likely a fictional person) and his fables were well know and are NOT children's literature. They were originally philosophical texts.
But where is the bible are they?
Isaiah 5: 1-6 is often cited as is the obvious 2 Kings 14:9
However a more better parallel to the Greek fables is hidden is a disgusting narrative of Judges 9.
The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive-tree: Reign thou over us. But the olive-tree said unto them: Should I leave my fatness, seeing that by me they honour God and man, and go to hold sway over the trees? And the trees said to the fig-tree: Come thou, and reign over us. But the fig-tree said unto them: Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruitage, and go to hold sway over the trees? And the trees said unto the vine: Come thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them: Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to hold sway over the trees? Then said all the trees unto the bramble: Come thou, and reign over us. And the bramble said unto the trees: If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shadow; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon
Note 2 Kings 14:9 has a simpler version of this: 'The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying: Give thy daughter to my son to wife; and there passed by the wild beasts that were in Lebanon, and trod down the thistle.
These are versions of Greek fables that have been inserted in 'historical narratives' .
Interesting... My knowledge is a bit lacking in this area. Thanks for sharing, will look into this further. Are there any other examples you know of?
Nice find, this is like the 30 sayings of Amenope getting inserted into the book of proverbs.