101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented by Gary Greenberg

By Gary Greenberg

In his startling publication, Gary Greenberg exposes the truth in the back of the best tale ever informed. know about the Egyptian myths and historic folklore that continue to exist in a single of history's such a lot sacred texts, and detect how:
-King David's bodyguard, now not David, killed Goliath
-Noah's Ark didn't land on Mount Ararat
-Samson didn't pull down a Philistine temple
-There are a minimum of types of the 10 Commandments
-The partitions of Jericho have been destroyed three hundred years prior to Joshua arrived there
-Sodom and Gomorrah have been legendary towns that by no means existed
-The tale of Esther had not anything to do with the Jews of Persia
-And a lot, a lot more
101 Myths of the Bible presents a brand new size of bible study for believers, historians and somebody who has ever questioned in regards to the proof in the back of the legends. by way of having a look deeper into heritage, Greenberg indicates that the genuine tale makes the Bible extra attention-grabbing than ever imagined!

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And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (Gen. 1:14–19) The Reality: The biblical editors began with the correct Theban chronological sequence for the arrival of the sun but then amended the story by following the Babylonian tradition for the appearance of the heavenly bodies. The fourth day of Creation brings about the creation of the sun, moon, and stars.

This presents a puzzle as God already had separated night from day, darkness from light, on the first day of Creation, a paradox discussed earlier in Myth #4. These unspecified lights created on the fourth day served a variety of calendar functions, marking off days, seasons, and years. Next, after telling us about the function of these lights, Genesis finally describes them, a greater light to rule the day and a lesser light to rule the night. ” These two major lights are the sun and the moon.

We know only that in the Theban myth Amen (the Theban Creator deity), Myths of the Beginning 23 appearing in the form of Re (the Hermopolitan Creator deity), would have been responsible for the organization of the rest of the creative process, including the appearance of the moon and the stars. In some Egyptian texts, the sun and moon each form one of the eyes of Horus (a solar deity identified as the son of Re or Osiris), but we have no particularly useful account of the moon’s origin. ” While the Theban tradition places the creation of the sun at the same sequential point as Genesis, we have to acknowledge that the thrust of the Genesis narrative for the fourth day does not flow from Egyptian ideas.

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