The Bible Myth: The African Origins of the Jewish People
First published in 1998, The Bible Myth was acclaimed for its scholarship and insight. Examining the troubling questions of why ancient Israel has no archaeological or documentary presence prior to and just after the Exodus from Egypt, Greenberg asks who were the earliest Israelites, where did they come from and under what circumstances did they come to power in Canaan? Challenging conventional wisdom in this field, he posits a radical new model for the study of biblical Israel. Provocative, polemical and erudite, this is essential reading.
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Very informative. I liked how Greenberg connected the Sea Peoples to some of the Israelite tribes especially Shekelesh, which coordinates with the Egyptian proof of captivity.
Excellent book. Should be read in companion with his 2000 followup book 101 Myths of the Bible.
As far as I understand things, Greenberg is the main pioneer to have begun to dig out the details of the fact that “Ra theology” is the basis for 72 percent of the world’s modern religions: Ab-ra-ham-ic religions (Torah religions) and B-ra-hma-ic religions (Vedic religions), all traced to the daily birth and death cycle of the Egyptian sun god Ra and the life-death-morality theories derived therefrom. Funny how deeply hidden this basic educational factoid is to the average person of the world. I had to read through 50 books on the various religions and mythologies of the world to dig out this fact myself, and Greenberg was huge key in opening this door.