What is the Official Catholic view of Old Testament Stories such as Adam and Eve, the the parting of the Red Sea by Moses and the crossing of the Red Sea by Moses and the children of Israel, Noah’s Ark etc? Does Official Catholic teaching view Old Testament Stories as myth or history?
Honestly, it depends on the intention of the piece in question. There’s no blanket answer, I’m afraid. Now the Church doesn’t forbid people from believing that there is no myth in the Tanakh, but it also doesn’t bind people to believe that everything it says happened exactly and literally as detailed.
What the Church DOES bind us to believing about the Tanakh is that it is all true, regardless of whether that means it’s factually perfect (and many writings weren’t even intended to be).
[quote=anonymousguy]What is the Official Catholic view of Old Testament Stories such as Adam and Eve, the the parting of the Red Sea by Moses and the crossing of the Red Sea by Moses and the children of Israel, Noah’s Ark etc? Does Official Catholic teaching view Old Testament Stories as myth or history?
The Church believes the Old Testament is inspired by God and is the history of the Old Covenant and Israel the chosen people of God. It is not myth. The only thing is that in the Creation in Genesis it can be believed to be symbolic for something. You can believe in the theory of Evolution and believe that the Creation is not to be interpreted literally. You can also believe that the story of creation in Genesis is literal. You can also believe that it is both literal and symbolic. You can also just not be sure how to interpret it and be open to all possibilities. Which ever way it doesn’t affect your faith unless further revelation proves your beliefs wrong, in that case you must accept the truth. The main point of the Creation account in Genesis is that God made us and the whole Universe.
Thanx for that I just wanted to point out, the Catholic Church teaches that God created everything out of nothing. See Creation out of Nothing for details