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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Prophetic Writings
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:330
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543977110
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543977103

The Beginnings

by Ernest Austin Adams View author's profile page

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Overview
It was found that Ezra claimed that the Torah was burned during the destruction of Jerusalem, c., 597 BC, and he saw the need to rewrite their foundation documents to show what God purportedly did from the beginning (2 Esdras 14:19-22). At this time the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon with the threat of losing their national identity and decided to rewrite their foundation documents with a survivalist agenda to ensure their posterity. Evidence shows that they not only rewrote what appeared in their prior writings but revised their history to include additions which would give them their best chance of surviving as a nation. They styled many of their early accounts on Sumerian and Babylonian myths and wanted to show that God purportedly gave them an everlasting covenant for the land of Canaan and that God undertook to send His angels to drive out and annihilate the tribes in Canaan. The Jewish priests adopted the motif of having God speak in the first person in their revised writings as was the custom in the Levant and Mesopotamia at that time. Research reveals how the Israelites left Avaris in Egypt unimpeded and how their supposed spectacular exodus from Egypt was created to provide the backdrop for them purportedly being given an everlasting Covenant for a Land of Milk of Honey. It becomes evident that this was a misinterpretation of Exodus 19:5-6, made by Jeremiah shortly before their Babylonian captivity. That this alleged covenant and God driving out the inhabitants from Canaan is mentioned in excess of forty times in their Pentateuch, shows that this was the focus of the rewrite of their foundation documents. These included their genealogies, the legendary giants of Anak, the flood story and the repopulation of earth. We show how many of their rewritten accounts were written back through Moses purportedly at the instigation of God, to give these fabrications greater authority in the eyes of their people and their captors.
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When facing the threat of losing their national identity, Ezra and his colleagues rewrote their foundation documents (2 Esdras 14:19-22) with a survivalist agenda to show that they had been given an everlasting covenant for the land of Canaan and that God would purportedly destroy the tribes before them as they entered into the land. That this is mentioned in excess of forty times in their foundation documents shows that this was the focus of their rewrite. We have shown that Jewish priests during their Babylonian captivity fabrication their early history as a result of their crisis they were experiencing and revised their history to include additions which would give them their best chance of surviving as a nation. Startling research findings include; • The Jewish priests adopted the motif of having God speak in the first person as was the custom with religious writings in the Levant and Mesopotamia at that time. • That the Biblical creation account of the heavens, plants, fish, birds and animals were based on earlier Sumerian and Babylonian mythological accounts and shows precisely on which myths these were styled. • The creation of the first man Adam was also styled on various Sumerian and Babylonian myths including the garden of the gods, a tree of the gods and how man sinned and was excommunicated from the presence of God. • That the alleged Biblical universal flood story with Noah as the main character was derived from prior Sumerian myths which portrayed a flood hero who built an Ark to save a small group of people. • The genealogy from Adam to Noah was based on the mythological Sumerian Antediluvian King Lists. In their endeavor to show how these countries were allegedly founded after the flood, it is detailed how Jewish priests used the names of existing lands in their known world to name Noah's purported family members. It is shown clearly that the names of these countries were not named after Noah's supposed descendants. • The Tower of Babel and the Giants of Anak mythologies existed prior to the biblical accounts and were included by the Jewish priests in their rewritten foundation documents as perceived world history. • There was never a person named Cain who lived before the flood, nor was there a man named Ham or his son Canaan who lived after the flood, all of whom were purportedly cursed, either by Noah or God. It was found that the motive for the curses pronounced over Cain, Ham and Canaan was in retaliation against the Canaanites who had become their enemies, and they wanted to remove them by genocide from "their land" Canaan, purportedly at the behest of God. Their curse on Ham was directed at the Egyptians who failed to support the Israelites against the Babylonians as arranged. • It is mentioned in excess of forty times in their foundation documents that the land of Canaan was promised to the Israelites and that God would purportedly drive the inhabitants of Canaan out of their land, showing that this was the focus of the rewrite of their foundation documents. • Research shows that there were no spectacular events precipitating the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. The Egyptians could not forcibly oust them or the other Amoritic settlers from Avaris, so they encouraged their removal from Egypt by compensating them for their houses and land, and they left Avaris unimpeded for Mt. Horeb in Arabia. The Egyptians saw them as a political threat and blamed the foreigners, i.e., the "Shemmo", for bringing the black plague to Egypt through their trading ships at Avaris, which was killing all and sundry. • Research shows that there was no Tabernacle in the Wilderness and that this was styled on their Temple at the time of the sacking of Jerusalem, c., 597 BC, in an attempt to show that their Temple was designed by God and that God purportedly dwelt in this Tabernacle similar to what was believed by their Babylonian captors. • The Passover Feast and the Feast of Tabernacles were only practised from the time of their Babylonian captivity and were unheard of before this time.

About the author

In his quest for truth, the author has spent in excess of 40 years in dedicated research into these controversial issues and shows how these were incorporated into the biblical account over the ages. His life journey has seen him involved in the banking world where, as a Manager of major forensic investigations into fraud and corruption for a leading South African bank, his investigative skills were honed in various top-level investigations. Concurrently, in his spare time over the years, he was involved in various aspects of ministry in his commitment to serving God and along the way he obtained the following tertiary accreditation; • Doctor Litterarum et Philosophiae, Biblical Studies (RAU). • Magister Artium, Biblical Studies, Cum Laude, (RAU). • Bachelor of Arts, Honors in Bible Theology, (ICI University, Texas). • Certified Associate of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa (CAIB). • The Southern Africa Institute of Management Services (SAIMAS). The author has completed 4 of 5 books in "The Prophetic Writings" series which include the following titles, "The Beginnings", "The Messiah", "The Prophets" and "Jewish Apocalypticism", which all deliver compelling findings with proof sources. The final book, "World Alignment" is in the process of being written.

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