Monday, February 23, 2015

Archeology and Hebrew Mythology

Palestinian culture began as early as 7000 BC, and was well developed with qualities that can be recognized today as early as 5000 BC.  According to Hebrew (Israeli) narrative, they claim to have conquered Canaan (which they misconstrue as being synonymous with Palestine) around 1000 BC.  However, neither archeological nor ancient texts dating to that era support this narrative.  Unbiased scholars consider this narrative to be largely fictional.  One scholarly view from 'The Ancient Gods,' by E.O. James, (related below), is that the nomadic Hebrew tribes, through a slow and gradual process, settled in the area along side Indigenous Palestinian people.  The result was a culture fusion rather than subjugation or annihilation.


" . . .  in Syria and Palestine where . . . a Neolithic agricultural civilization arose at Jericho perhaps as early as 7000 BC  . . . "  (pg 34)

"It was not, in fact, until the beginning of the early Iron Age (c. 1200 - 900 BC) that the traditional Hebrew invasion of Palestine began . . ." (pg 35)

"Unquestionably the traditional account of the events and incidents in the quasi-legendary patriarchal period in the book of Genesis, and the final Hebrew settlement in Palestine in and after the middle of the second millennium BC, is largely mythical."  (pg 36)

"In fact the penetration of the invading nomadic tribes was a very gradual process resulting in a fusion which produced a composite culture .  .  ." (pg 38)

E.O. James, Archeologist,  Professor of the History of Religion,  'The Ancient Gods,'  non-fiction.


Image ~

Paleolithic Palestinian grinding stones.

From Wikimedia Commons.


Also check our our post on, Ancient Cultural Roots.


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  1. Senior Israeli archaeologist casts doubt on Jewish heritage of Jerusalem:

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