101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History

101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History

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by Gary Greenberg
     
 

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In his startling book, Gary Greenberg exposes the reality behind the greatest story ever told. Learn about the Egyptian myths and ancient folklore that survive in one of history’s most sacred texts, and discover how:

--King David’s bodyguard, not David, killed Goliath

--Noah’s Ark did not land on Mount Ararat

--Samson did not pull down a Philistine temple

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Overview

In his startling book, Gary Greenberg exposes the reality behind the greatest story ever told. Learn about the Egyptian myths and ancient folklore that survive in one of history’s most sacred texts, and discover how:

--King David’s bodyguard, not David, killed Goliath

--Noah’s Ark did not land on Mount Ararat

--Samson did not pull down a Philistine temple

--There are at least two versions of the Ten Commandments

--The walls of Jericho were destroyed 300 years before Joshua arrived there

--Sodom and Gomorrah were mythical cities that never existed

--The story of Esther had nothing to do with the Jews of Persia

--And much, much more

101 Myths of the Bible provides a new dimension of biblical studies for believers, historians and anyone who has ever wondered about the facts behind the legends. By looking deeper into history, Greenberg shows that the true story makes the Bible more interesting than ever imagined!

About the Author: Gary Greenberg is the president of the Biblical Archaeology Society of New York. He has addressed The International Conference of Egyptologists, The Society of Biblical Literature and conferences held by the American Research Center in Egypt. He is the author of The Moses Mystery: The African Origins of the Jewish People and is a senior trial lawyer for the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Greenberg, author of The Moses Mystery, sets out to uncover the layers of mythology within the Bible. He studies stories that have at least two contradictory accounts in the Bible; those that closely parallel preexisting myths and legends from other cultures and those that cannot be supported by archaeological data (such as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah). Greenberg outlines the strong influence of Egyptian, Greek, Sumerian, and Hebrew mythology and literature to provide a way to read biblical stories within the larger context of history and world culture. He covers the Old Testament, starting with the Creation and its time line (did it take a full seven days to create everything?), through the founders (the Hebrew text does not mention Joseph's coat of many colors), and ending with heroes (Elhanan, not David, killed Goliath). Some background reading is provided at the end of the text. Recommended for larger religion collections.--Leo Vincent Kriz, West Des Moines Lib., IA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Greenberg, a lawyer who's also president of the Biblical Archaeology Society of New York, explores how the myths and legends of neighboring cultures are built into the foundations of the modern monotheistic religions. He describes a long and continuous relationship between ancient Israel and Egypt, examining Old Testament stories to link Egyptian motifs and mythology to Hebrew interpretation of its earliest history. For his study, he looked for three kinds of biblical stories: those with at least two contradictory accounts; those with parallels in earlier myths and legends; and those involving incidents "that simply couldn't be true." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570715860
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Greenberg is the author of The Moses Mystery: The African Origins of the Jewish People. He is a member Society of Biblical Literature, The Egypt Exploration Society, The American Research Center in Egypt and The Archaeological Institute of America. He has addressed The International Conference of Egyptologists, The Society of Biblical Literature and conferences held by the American Research Center in Egypt. He is a senior trial lawyer for the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City.

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