Some Perspective On Old Testament Stories From An Unusual Source

Recently I’ve been reading through some of the Sagas of the Icelanders. For those unfamiliar with these, they’re the recorded histories of how the Vikings settled Iceland, from a thousand years ago, and the oldest novels in existence.

Here’s the tie in to scripture: in the Sagas it is very apparent that there are conflations between the individual and their household/group/warband, and also drastic condensing of conversations and times. And it’s written in exactly the same style as much of the old Testament. So when I reread the stories of those books, now I’m a lot more aware of these things occurring there as well, of conversations that took months getting condensed to a sentence and such.