I’ve been entertaining the idea of the Old Testament being an artificial history for a while now. Now I found a video with interviews of Israel Finkelstein and other archeologists giving more credence to the idea.
Things that were irking me:
- Old Testament is the only travelogue of Egypt not mentioning the pyramids OR the Sphinx.
- According to the OT, 70 Israelites arrived in Egypt, 400 years later they left, 600,000 men strong. Add women and children, you arrive at 2 million people. An absurdly high number.
- Biography of Moses looks a lot like the one of Akhenaten – leading some to assume Moses *WAS* Akhenaten and his Israelites the Hiksos (Akhenaten was ousted after 19 years of power and fled, maybe with the Hiksos, after trying to destroy Egyptian polytheism). I think the later inventors of the Old testament HEARD of Akhenaten’s story and re-used it and changed the names.
- Genesis creation myth and Noah story are “borrowed” from Gilgamesh epos. Problem is: Again the persons are changed. Israelites wouldn’t want to derive themselves from Sumerians, right?
- The whole idea of Jahwe giving the Israelites the commandments including Don’t Kill, then ordering them to murder the Canaanites. That doesn’t make sense at all. People tell me, yeah but the Canaanites were perverts. Hey that’s what the OT says about ALL nations that the Israelites allegedly wiped out or that Jahwe destroyed. Sounds *exactly* like the stories the NATO headquarters tell us about certain groups right before NATO attacks them – “mass rape atrocities committed by X’s army” – right before X gets bombed. Try it: Google Milosevic mass rape, Gaddafhi mass rape, Assad mass rape – It’s fun! Never gets old.
So here goes, Israel Finkelstein et al: 1 hour 24 min:
I should add, I view *MOST* of history as a construct now, mostly lies by the government of the respective time for political purposes. And I don’t trust scientists or their dating methods blindly either. Just accumulating more info, especially conflicting info.
The PURPOSE of the Old Testament might have been to lend more historical gravitas to claims by the Israelites on land or power. Similar to why, in Fomenko’s view, dynasties like the Hapsburgs might have invented more history than they actually had – I haven’t looked into the details of that. It has to be understood that the history of the Israelites is SHORT compared to Ancient Egypt and what came before it – even if the claims of the OT were correct.
The Flood likely happened 12,000 years ago (Meltwater Pulse 1A) – the 6000 year claimed history of the Bible therefore misdates the Flood; the authors obviously didn’t know the real date and probably thought 6000 years for the entire Earth’s existence would sound important enough for their purposes.
The Egyptians have on their side for being the much older civilisation: Tons and tons of really really old temples and monuments. Also about 12,000 years old: Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, excavated since mid 1990ies by Germans – probably built by nomads under the advice of highly skilled Flood survivors / Atlanteans / “the Gods”. From one moment to the other those nomads suddenly developed the skill to build a site of the size of Stonehenge times 50; plus, they at the same time discovered agriculture – a clear case of technology transfer.
P.S.: At 40:00: “But why should we care about the history of the Israelites?
Because THEY invented the idea of a single God” – NO; that was Akhenaten – IF he was the first one to do so. Admittedly his people didn’t particularly like his destruction of the old pantheon.
“And the idea of an individual with rights and responsibilities” -NO – Ancient Egyptian women were allowed to divorce and had equal rights. I guess that counts as rights and responsibilites.