I’ve been arguing back and forth with a Jewish friend about this for a while, my reference being Gmirkin and minimalist archeologists / historians like Israel Finkelstein. Now I found mythologist Acharya S (a.k.a. D.M. Murdock) who claims
that the Moses myth including Exodus is an amalgamation of the Dionysos myth with Gilgamesh. This is consistent with Gmirkin’s claim that the Septuagint was not so much translated but composed from source myths in the library of Alexandria 270 BC by 72 Jewish scribes under the sponsorship of Ptolemai II – and principally written in Greek from the start; as that was the Lingua Franca all the scribes were educated in.
In this context another slightly earlier God myth is very interesting: Serapis; a myth sponsored by Ptolemai I. that successfully appealed to both Greek and Egyptian citizens of the Empire of the day – including one million Jewish citizens.
So what we have here is an epoch of the serial rollout of monotheistic religions for political purposes.
She is also of the opinion that the story of Jesus Christ is another fabrication, as she lays out here. I don’t entirely agree but details of the story could be literary embellishments, I’m open to that idea.
Personally I’m neither an atheist nor a Bible literalist so I’m very interested in exploring what’s the source of what in the Bible and other scriptures.
Actually it’s satisfying to get all those butchery stories in the Old Testament / the Torah resolved as mostly fictitious / political. She mentions some of those.
She mentions Apollonius of Tyana as a candidate for the real “Paul” of the Bible; wikipedia claims some think he was the real historic template for “Jesus”.
And that guy and others before him travelled the same road trip as Paul to Korinth, Galathea and so on which were strongholds of a “masonic” mystery school order which had all craftsmen to basically roll out the technology of the day. Sounds like a (pre)historic military-industrial complex base… a kind of germ cell for roll out of a socieorder
This is getting even deeper than I thought. This could mean that Freemasonry is not just a modern secret society created by some aristocrat idlers in England in the 1600s but has older roots than the modern monotheistic religions itself.
Update: Acharya S died in 2015 and wikipedia says she is not being taken seriously and her arguments are discredited. Unfortunately no detailed refutations there.
Well anyway. I didn’t even watch her interviews for her claims that Jesus didn’t exist. I’m interested in the Moses myth. There is scant evidence for the existence of David (one stele said to have his name on it) and none for Moses. For all I can tell.
Re existence of Jesus I can pretty much live with what wikipedia states here.