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By Gary Greenberg

In his startling publication, Gary Greenberg exposes the truth in the back of the best tale ever advised. know about the Egyptian myths and historic folklore that live on in a single of history's so much sacred texts, and notice 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 at the least models 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 size of bible study for believers, historians and an individual who has ever questioned in regards to the proof at the back of the legends. by way of taking a look deeper into heritage, Greenberg exhibits that the genuine tale makes the Bible extra attention-grabbing than ever imagined!

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In the city of Memphis, which served as the first capitol of Egypt for almost one thousand years (c. ), the chief deity was Ptah, a crafts god. The Memphites, who were close neighbors of Heliopolis, claimed that it was Ptah, through the spoken word, who summoned forth Atum from the Nun. In all other respects, the Memphites generally adopted the Heliopolitan traditions. Myths of the Beginning 5 In the very ancient city of Hermopolis a slightly different tradition prevailed. The priests there believed that in the beginning, eight gods, four male and four female, emerged out of the Nun and collectively gave birth to the solar deity Re, who initially appeared as a child floating on a lotus.

The sun has a significantly diminished role, placed on a par or slightly more important level with the moon and the stars, a concept inconsistent with the Egyptian view. However, a passage from a Babylonian Creation text known as Enuma Elish (Tablet V), shows that Babylonian ideas influenced the Genesis description. It describes events that took place almost immediately after the god Marduk had slain the monstrous Tiamat and formed heaven and earth out of her severed parts. In it, there are detailed descriptions of how he created the sun, moon, and stars and their roles in marking out time periods.

We already have seen that this story constitutes a piece of the Egyptian Creation myth. But there is another problem—while Genesis places this event on the third day, a careful reading of the Genesis Creation story indicates that the biblical redactor made a mistake and that this event, in the original Genesis account, occurred on the second day. The Bible, like many ancient texts, often uses literary formulas, short phrases that a scribe employs either as an idiomatic expression or to indicate something about the nature of the text.

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