January 29 - Genesis 12-15 Patriarchal Material commonly...

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January 29, 2008 Genesis 12-15: Patriarchal Material commonly understood as legend NO evidence of existence of Abraham, Isaac, etc. Abraham leaves Mesopotamia 2000BC (drought and famine) no evidence of specific person named Abraham leaving Abraham-- father of all 3 religions Canaan-- coast of Mediterranean anachronism : appears out of proper context example: Abraham settles in Canaan-- makes treaty with Philistines-- aren’t a people at this time (not until 1200BC) (Genesis 21) Book of Exodus Mosaic material enslaved between 1700-1300BC no historical evidence, just biblical details about Moses (from infantry to end of life) is evidence that he didn’t exist no red sea...”sea of reeds most likely crossing of Lake Timseh (swamp- sea of reeds, cattails etc. 4 feet deep at most Moses on Mt. Sinai next to burning bush- 10 commandments Israelites then emerge from hillsides and settle in Canaan Tribal Confederacy Israelites and Philistines settle in Canaan around the same time Egyptians afraid of Mediterranean, paid Philistines to do their trading Philistines: merchant Aries of the Egyptians ^ bring iron- beginning of Iron Age war with Israelites lasts over 200 years 12 Tribes of Israelites King = Saul 1029-1010BC
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