Christian in the mythical view of the world as such. Specifically, concerning Lazarus and rich man carefully crafted contributions to the guild, Thompson has moved into the arena of what the author describes as "myth-studies"; Davies is experimenting with "cultural memory". The author discusses again: the work of Thompson, Lemche, Davies, Whitelam and Van Seters has much to say to pastors and preachers and people in pews. Their work has not been and cannot be and should not be confined to academic conferences and student assignments. Instead, it has much to say to the average congregation and has a great deal to contribute to theological dialogue. On the other hand, if the Bible is seen as a theological text, relating theological themes which have, at best, a spider-web's connection to their underlying history, then we are, surprisingly, on much firmer ground.