Roots: Part III: The Denial
Mike Martin - December 9, 2008
For the last twenty five years there has been an attempt by archaeologists, not to prove the basic tenets of Jewish history and folklore, but to actually disprove them. Archaeologists or scientists have not found any evidence to suggest that Abraham, Moses or Joshua did not exist, but some in both communities have suggested and even published papers that state that the archaeologist absence of their presence means that they absolutely could not have been alive, or were not alive during the periods described in the Tanach, the Christian Bible or the Islamic Koran.
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These academic treatises have now morphed into an uncommon but published theories that Abraham could not have lived in Mesopotamia, that Jews could not have migrated from Canaan or Palestine into Egypt, that they could not have escaped a powerful Pharaoh and fled into the desert, and certainly there is no scientific evidence that the Jews were ever a people chosen by a divine and powerful G-d.
To go along with the absence of scientific evidence of these truths believed by a vast majority of Christians, Muslims, and Jews is a half-convincing storyline. It says that the priests and leadership of the southern half of Israel, namely Judah, created an imperial past and fabricated a magical story with myths like David and Solomon obeyed a fictitious G-d who gave them superhuman powers to overcome the most powerful of their enemies. They even reached further into their past to create Abraham and Moses and Joshua in order to have powerful symbols to inspire the faithful to stay true to their cause.
The truth as is usually the case lies somewhere between the known science of mankind and the belief of man.
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