Thursday, March 17, 2005

Who was Araham? (2)

Based on the works of scholars, who will be revealed when the blogging for this topic ends. Works of other authors may be included, but where these are done, full acknowledgement will be made.

Advice: Those who may take offence in seeing biblical (OT) quotations or liberal discussion of OT biblical characters should not read this topic.

“… Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.” (Genesis 11:28)

“Terah took his son Abram ….. and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan …” (Genesis 11:31)

Some doubt the veracity of the suggestion that Abram originated from, or that his brother Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans for the reason, according to the arlev.clara.net website, that ‘Chaldeans didn’t settle in this part of the world until after Moses was around and certainly weren’t there way back when Abraham lived among them’.

Thus, as suggested in previous posting on this topic, Egypt would be still the best bet to find a trace of Abraham’s origin.

Ancient Egypt was a land famous for its fastidious recording of historical events, even of those who invaded her (eg. the Hyksos, Macedonians, etc). The activities and lives of her Pharaohs, generals, priests, officials, etc were recorded into immortality. Virtually everything and anything could be read from the writings of ancient Egypt on walls of tombs, temples, ancient ruins, stones, wooden caskets, and any material capable of being written upon.

“When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she [Sarai or Sarah] was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace.” (Genesis 12:14)

Yet, Egyptian historical scripts on artifacts, temples and tombs, in fact anything, do not contain one single reference to Abraham [or Abram] or his wife Sarah [Sarai].

“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger …….. He had him ride as his second-in-command …. Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:41 to 41:43)

The above biblical passage referred to Abraham's great grandson Joseph, he of the ‘seven years of fat and seven years of lean’ in Egypt, favourite son of Jacob, sold off as a slave by his jealous brothers. Joseph was virtually the overseer of Egypt, second only to mighty Pharaoh.

“… she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:10)

Then there was the greatest prophet of the Jews, Moses, who was brought up as an Egyptian prince, and led the Jew slaves out of Egyptian bondage.

The most puzzling mystery has been that in a land of such fastidious recording of events, not one single line of hieroglyph or hieratic in Egypt’s vast repository of recording made any mention of these personalities.

To be continued ........

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