Saturday, March 27, 2010

Myths of the Old Testament

"""Following 70 years of intensive excavations in the Land of Israel, archaeologists have found out: The patriarchs' acts are legendary, the Israelites did not sojourn in Egypt or make an exodus, they did not conquer the land. Neither is there any mention of the empire of David and Solomon, nor of the source of belief in the God of Israel. These facts have been known for years, but Israel is a stubborn people and nobody wants to hear about it.

This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the 12 tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is the fact that the united monarchy of David and Solomon, which is described by the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom. And it will come as an unpleasant shock to many that the God of Israel, Jehovah, had a female consort and that the early Israelite religion adopted monotheism only in the waning period of the monarchy and not at Mount Sinai.Most of those who are engaged in scientific work in the interlocking spheres of the Bible, archaeology and the history of the Jewish people - and who once went into the field looking for proof to corroborate the Bible story - now agree that the historic events relating to the stages of the Jewish people's emergence are radically different from what that story tells.""""

What, the Angel of Death...a legend? Holy Marcionite heresy, batman. Ah then we're cool with the high Fructose Coke...and maybe buttered Dungeness crab. ..>Serio, that may irritate Billy Bob Baptists and Evangelicals, Inc. at least as much as it does orthodox jews.


CharleyCarp said...

Next you'll be telling us there's no Quetzalcohuātl!

J said...

He walked the Americas, Sir Carp.

Or, in the timeless words of George Bernard Shank, "If there were no Quetzalcohuātl, it would have been necessary to invent one."

Serio, dogmatists of whatever sort always have a problem when their dogma's ripped apart. Indeed, my blog-rant was in part inspired by reading an article in a valley paper wherein an orthodox rabbi reminded a few hundred thousand angelenos of the unquestionable truth of those old semitic myths, going back to the time of Ramses II or so --in greek words of course ("genesis", deutoronomy, exodus, etc). Note that most of the scholars on are. ..israelis as well.

Passover's sort of been cleaned up in the last few centuries, however. Traditionally (at least where they weren't persecuted) hebrews slaughtered lambs, smeared blood over doorways, and immediately cooked it w/o preparation--goat grab style. Sabroso.

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