Jung, the Pentateuch and ethics

27 Jan 2009

This article reflects on the contribution that can be made to the interpretation of the Bible by employing the analytical psychology of Carl Jung. After some relevant biographical considerations on Jung, his view of religion and the Bible is briefly considered, followed by a look into Genesis 1-3 in terms of his distinction of archetypes. It is suggested in the conclusion that Jungian psychological Biblical criticism can lead to a changed, but fresh view on the 'authority' or influence of the Bible in the lives of (post)modern human beings and their (ethical) behaviour.