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By Murdock D.M.,S Acharya

The biblical determine of Moses has been the guts of fascination for over 2,000 years, yet what can we really find out about him? used to be he a true individual? Did the Exodus actually take place? Or is the tale within the Pentateuch a legendary account written centuries after the alleged events?

Why does Moses's tale resemble that of different, older lawgivers and mythical predecessors? Why are there such a lot of components of sunlight and wine god myths within the story of Moses? What does the focal point at the serpent in his tale represent? Who have been Yahweh and the Elohim?

Did Moses Exist? includes:

Maps and 126 illustrations
vast bibliography, desk of contents and index
hundreds of thousands of footnotes and citations from basic assets in a number of languages
most sensible glossy scholarship from credentialed experts

Did Moses Exist? offers a major quantity of data from antiquity in regards to the world's spiritual traditions and mythology, together with how sun myths, wine cultivation and fertility cults have formed the Bible and Judaism. This booklet could be the such a lot entire research so far, utilizing the simplest scholarship and state of the art study methods.

"The life of Moses in addition to the veracity of the Exodus tale is disputed among archaeologists and Egyptologists, with specialists within the box of biblical feedback bringing up logical inconsistencies, new archaeological proof, old facts and comparable beginning myths in Canaanite culture." --"Moses," Wikipedia

"There isn't any ancient facts outdoor of the Bible, no point out of Moses outdoor the Bible, and no autonomous affirmation that Moses ever existed." --Dr. Michael D. Coogan, lecturer at the outdated testomony at Harvard Divinity School

"We can't be convinced that Moses ever lived simply because there aren't any strains of his earthly life outdoor of tradition." --Egyptologist Dr. Jan Assmann, Moses the Egyptian

"The lifetime of Moses comprises elements--canonical and apocryphal--that mark him as a real mythic hero, and positively he's Judaism's maximum hero and the relevant determine in Hebrew mythology." --Dr. David Leeming, The Oxford better half to global Mythology

"...the tales of the production, of the flood, of Abraham, of Jacob, of the descent into and the exodus from Egypt, of the profession of Moses and the Jews within the barren region, of Joshua and his squaddies, of the judges and their consumers, are all apocryphal, and have been fabricated at a overdue interval of Jewish history." --Dr. Thomas Inman, historical Faiths and Modern

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Who Wrote the Pentateuch?
Was Moses an Egyptian Pharaoh or Priest?
The Exodus as History?
The Exodus in old Literature
Hyksos and Lepers
Who have been the Israelites?
The Exodus as Myth
The Lawgiver Archetype
The Dionysus Connection
The lifetime of Dionysus
The Vine and Wine
The nice God Sun
Yahweh and the Sun
Moses as sun Hero
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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