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A Brief History of the Jewish Bible

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History and archeology are today scientific in approach and give us a right and a duty to question and correct the plain errors in ancient screeds like the compilation of them called the bible. The first thing we have to do is to stop using the bible’s own chronology. It is part of its aim of exaggerating its own antiquity, a failing common to the history of most nations, certainly in ancient times. Nothing in the bible is anything other than myth up until the appearance of Omri. Besides Adam and Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David and Solomon are all mythical people. It means Moses could not have written even the Torah (Pentateuch), as is evident from a reading of it.

Moses Red Sea Crossing. Would You Believe It?

After Omri some known kings are mentioned, so the chroniclers knew about them, but they will have known from the records kept by some major state because small insignificant states were mostly illiterate and had no reason for keeping elaborate records. In fact, the historical evidence for the state called Judah barely exists, at least until a few decades before it was wiped out. It seems likely that Judah was an Assyrian puppet carved out as a rump of Israel around the time the Assyrians annexed Samaria. Only the last few kings of Judah seem authentic, and Josiah, the famous reforming king seems to have been an invention to justify the change of worship in Judah from the familiar Canaanite mythos to a new one introduced by a conqueror.

Who then could have made this change and when? Well, if the bible existed in anything like its present form in the fifth century BC, Herodotus could never have been called the father of history, because the bible presents itself as a detailed history right back into the bronze age. The sixth century is when Cyrus took over the neo Babylonian empire which included Judah. The bible itself regards Cyrus as the messiah of the Jews because he “allowed them to return”. In fact no “return” happened before the fifth century in the time of Darius II, when the Persian empire was largely based in Babylon, and it is then when people were deported into Judah with the cover of being themselves former inhabitants of the country, the “Exiles”.

Not until this time, around 400 BC, did the bible start to be compiled, and it was not written in its present form until the Egyptian Ptolemies commissioned it in the third century. That is when we first begin to read in historical records that the bible existed.

    From a posted comment to Jason Rosenhouse’s EvolutionBlog at Science Blogs.
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Written by mikemagee

20 December, 2010 at 4:12 pm

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  1. I can tell you have a deep hatred of The Bible. Might I ask why? Also, what is it that you do believe in?

    Alan

    5 February, 2011 at 5:09 am

  2. Christians believe that their god is omniscient, but isn’t it curious how many Christians think their god’s presumed omniscience transfers to them? Alan Giles can tell I have “a deep hatred” of the bible, evidently failing to see that it is not a book of ancient myths that I hate, but history — proper history, that is — that I love. So what I hate is that believers in an ancient book accept its own claims as history, even though a good deal of it plainly is not, when the claims are compared with known facts of history, as the post above shows. People like Alan Giles can believe what they like, but when they claim their beliefs are historical, they betray themselves as malicious liars. It is malicious liars that I hate.

    Mike Magee

    5 February, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  3. The Bible’s predictions alone will do to prove it authenticity. Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. Amos predicted that the Jews scattered all over the world would be brought back to Israel.
    ” I will bring my people Israel back from captivity; they will build their ruined cities again, and they will live in them; they will plant gardens and eat their fruit.
    I will plant my people on their land, and they will not be pulled out again from the land which I have given them,” says the Lord God. Amos 9:14-15.
    Nazi Hitler wanted to wipe out the Jews. But God, as predicted in Amos, brought the Jews back to Israel, and now they have a country of their own.
    Now God has promised that “they will not be pulled out from the land which I have given them.” So all the attempts of Ahmenidijad of Iran, Hassan Nazerullah of Hizbullah and even Obama will end in failure. God will never allow them to be pulled out.
    So how true is the Bible. No other religion, whether it is Shintoism or Hinduism or Islam or Buddhism has any reference to current world events.

    A.Yeshuratnam

    14 July, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    • A Yeshuratnam would do well to read a little more carefully and learn something other than the myths that surround ancient writings. The item was about the Jewish scriptures which do not include the New Testament, but citing the prophecies of Jesus is valuable. It shows how some prophecies recorded in the bible turn out to be true. They are written after the event! Jesus referred to the destruction of the Jerusalem temple which happened at the end of the Jewish War. The gospels were not written before then, so when they were written Jesus could prophecy the temple’s destruction.

      In the Jewish scriptures many ancient prophecies were just wrong. They never happened. Those that were were like the NT prophecy just mentioned, they were written after the event. The Jewish scriptures began to be written when Yehud was set up by the Persians as a temple state around 400 BC, an event called in the Jewish scriptures “The Return from Captivity”. If A Yeshuratnam read the Old Testament he will find Amos 9:14-15 being fulfilled in the books called after Nehemiah and Ezra. To imagine it applies to the Zionist state of Israel just shows AY is a dupe. He should read the main AskWhy! website to learn something.

      Mike Magee

      14 July, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    • Hey yashwantram

      Kindly read your Kerala and Indian history first. It will take a lifetime to understand that first. Once you are an expert on that you may jump into world affairs.

      Quoting Wikipedia as you have done here and elsewhere shows your illiteracy and shallowness. You have had the temerity to create fake wiki pages by quoting your own thesis as reference. Are you ok mentally? Are you on medication?

      Don’t spoil the good work others are doing.

      Siva

      21 October, 2014 at 5:17 am


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