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Moses - Man or Myth?

The Father of Judaism or a fictional character?

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The histories continue to put Moses from about 1300 - 1800BC, however there is no archaeological evidence to support his existence. It is possible that a man with a similar name took a small group of followers into Sinai and those beliefs may have eventually made their way to Canaan. However modern archaeology and genetics clearly defines the modern Israeli and Palestinian population as being descendants of the original Canaanite's.

The principal story is that Moses took exception to the the fact that the Jewish slaves were being mistreated by the Egyptian masters and convinced them that they could have a better life and led them out of Egypt into the desserts of Sinai where they managed to survive on the wild foods.  We must also remember that desertification is an ongoing process and the Sinai was less of a desert than it is today.

A true humanitarian, Moses worked out the code for peaceful living and wrote the 10 commandments. He must have been so pissed off, that he gave in to temper and smashed the stones which probably took weeks or more to inscribe. And had they existed today may have been taken more seriously as ten commandments, which similarly feature in all major religions and are the code for world peace. (It is interesting to note that today in 2004, the ten commandments which were placed prominently in most USA state buildings are being systematically being removed despite public opposition.)

Actually the ten commandments existed long before Moses:

It has been discovered that the 10 commandments are based on chapter 125 in the Egyptian book of the dead (Although Exodus 34 contains ten imperative statements, the passages in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 contain fourteen or fifteen in all - read here.)

The 42 Principles of Ma'at, the Goddess who personified the ideals of Truth and Righteousness, were known to all the ancient Egyptians. They have been rephrased here in Biblical Commandment form to make them more intelligible and familiar to moderns. In the original form they were preceded with "I have not" as in "I have not stolen." The Egyptians believed that when they died, their souls would be judged by these principles. Moses and the Israelites, who were originally Egyptians, would have been familiar with these principles, but after wandering for forty years they seem to have only remembered 8 of them (those highlighted in orange). Moses added three new non-secular commandments; the one about not honouring the other gods, the honoring of their parents, and the one that included their neighbour's wives and slaves as coveted chattel. The remarkable thing about the principles of Ma'at is not only how much more advanced they are in comparison with the Hebrew Commandments, but how most of them are strikingly relevant to this day.

By the time of Moses, the cow was sacred in India and the wider Middle Eastern region governed by Sanatana Dharma or Vedanta. While he was up the hill carving out the commandments that he remembered from the Egyptian 42 commandments, those with him created a statue of a calf - the animal that was sacred as it supported life. Therefore by destroying the statue, Moses represents the imposition of patriarchy, the separation of humanity from divinity and the idea of mysogyny.

“Moses said: “Get thee gone! but thy (punishment) in this life will be that thou wilt say, ‘touch me not'; and moreover (for a future penalty) thou hast a promise that will not fail: Now look at thy god, of whom thou hast become a devoted worshipper: We will certainly (melt) it in a blazing fire and scatter it broadcast” (Qur’an 20:97)

It is interesting to note that in this verse the Quran alludes to the fact that the Samaritans were regarded as untouchables (thou wilt say, ‘touch me not’). In fact the Israelites looked down at Samarians and considered them “untouchable” (Najis) because of their idolatry. However, this stigma was not placed on them by Moses. There were no Samaritans in the time of Moses. They earned this designation by the Jews centuries later. ~ Hinduism (The forgotten facts)

Footnote

A story on Discovery Channel in April 2011 speculated that Moses was in fact the Pharaoh Akhenaten  and showed evidence of an ancient temple in Sinai to prove the point. Of interest is the story of the Ark of the Covenant, boxes the same dimensions as the ark were common funerary items found in Egyptian tombs. Further speculation is that these boxes were once lined with gold and served as batteries which were taken to the great pyramid for recharging as the great pyramid was primarily a generator of electricity. Evidence for this is supported by the absence of smoke marks in the tombs, archaeology of the great pyramid showing how it worked as an electrical generator.

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