And make no mistake, the form of monotheism that was developing under Akhenaten was of no conceivable relation to the rise of the Hebrew god Yahweh. By the time the Jews were rising into their own, Akhenaten's religion was already long dead and forgotten. It's taken generations of modern archaeology and research just to understand it as well as we do today, and we still have lots of questions. In fact, in its earliest stages of development the religion of Judea was almost certainly henotheistic, not monotheistic. Had Moses and Jesus lived in Egypt as scripture tells us, it was long after Akhenaten for both of them. And it must be remembered that while a case can certainly be made outside the Bible that Jesus was a real man at the start of the common era, there remains no tangible, extra-biblical evidence whatsoever that Moses was a real man.
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The ancient heritage and wisdom of the Heliopolitan priesthood were renowned . Herodotus , the famous Greek historian of the fifth century BC , visited Heliopolis and subsequently recorded that in his opinion its priests had " the reputation of being the best skilled in history of all the Egyptians " .
Not only were they versed in geometry , medicine , mythology and pgilosophy , but they were also looked on as " masters of astronomy " .
A greek grammarian of the first century AD named Apion of Alexandria made some quite remarkable statement about the life of Moses , the biblical Lawgiver . In a quotation taken from his now lost work Aegyptiaca , fortunately preserved by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus , tells us
and... of interest...
... now then ... the gods declared their discontent. The gods [caused] the sky to come in a tempest of r[ain], with darkness in the western region and the sky being unleashed without [cessation, louder than] the cries of the masses, more powerful than [...], [while the rain raged] on the mountains louder than the noise of the cataract which is at Elephantine.
This was certainly a notable occurrence, it was not only worthy of an Egyptian stele being cut to record these events, but was it also worthy of a scroll being written too? Was the Israelite equivalent of the stele the second book of the Torah Exodus?
Then his Majesty began ... to provide them with silver, with gold, with copper, with oil, and of every bolt [of cloth] that could be desired. Then his majesty made himself comfortable inside the palace.
In the Bible, an exact equivalent of the description above is to be found. During the exodus the Bible says:
This is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, silver, and brass [copper]. And cloth of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen ... oil for the light, spices for anointing oil and for sweet incense ... and let them make a [palace] sanctuary that I may dwell among them.
Edited by crystal sage, 05 June 2010 - 06:49 PM.