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

By Gary Greenberg

In his startling ebook, Gary Greenberg exposes the truth at the back of the best tale ever advised. know about the Egyptian myths and historic folklore that continue to exist in a single of history's such a lot sacred texts, and realize how:
-King David's bodyguard, no longer 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 measurement of religious study for believers, historians and someone who has ever puzzled in regards to the proof at the back of the legends. via taking a look deeper into background, Greenberg exhibits that the real tale makes the Bible extra attention-grabbing than ever imagined!

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1:4–5) And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 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. The confusion came about because the first story takes place before the appearance of the sun and moon and later biblical redactors no longer remembered why the original Egyptian story had day and night appear before the solar disc and the moon.

Contrary to popular belief, the first Creation story makes no mention of Adam and Eve being created in the image of God. The only reference to humanity is to an entity created on the sixth day that is described as both male and female, and it is this collective entity, male and female, that is created in God’s image. The second account, in Genesis 2 and attributed to the Yahwist source J, serves as an introduction to the story of Adam and Eve and their children. This version of Creation is less complete than the priestly version.

The Bible has many such textual formulas. On occasion, for instance, it introduces a section of narrative by telling us “These are the generations of…” where the material describes the events associated with a particular family. The Genesis Creation story also makes use of a textual formula.

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