THE ANCIENT AFRICAN-EGYTIANS AND THE HEBREW OLD TESTAMENT

The African-Egyptians and the Hebrew Old Testament:

Egyptian version of the creation of the world and humankind:

“ … In Egypt, either the god Khnum or the god Ptah created man on a potter’s wheel; in Babylonia, either the goddess Aruru or the god Ea kneaded man from clay.  According to a Phocian Greek myth, Prometheus used a certain red clay at Panopeus. [Graves and Patai 1964: 63]

  1. Theodore H. Gaster, in Myth, Legend, and Custom in the Old Testament: A Comparative Study with Chapters from Sir James G. Frazer=s Folklore in the Old Testament (Harper & Row, Publishers: New York), 1969, pp. 5-6,

Professor Gaster stated:

 

The folklore of the Old Testament consists of stories, songs, customs, institutions, and idioms.  It is the residue of what Israel inherited from her pagan ancestors or adopted and adapted from her neighbors.

The Old Testament is in fact saturated with the popular lore of the Ancient Near East:

A hundred years ago, most of such (ancient Near Eastern parallels) mythological allusions would have passed unnoticed.   Today, thanks to the rediscovery through archaeological exploration of so much of Mesopotamian, Canaanite, Hittite, and Egyptian literature, it is possible at long last to recognize that, for all its distinctive qualities, the Old Testament is in fact saturated with the popular lore of the Ancient Near East.

 The Egyptian Creation Myth –  The god Khnum or the god Ptah, the Creator:

“In Egypt, either the god Khnum or the god Ptah created man on a potter’s wheel; in Babylonia, either  the goddess Aruru or the god Ea kneaded man from clay. 

The Greek Version:

According to a Phocian Greek myth, Prometheus used a certain red clay at Panopeus. [Graves and Patai 1964: 63]

Israel inherited a folklore of Old Testament stories, songs, customs, institutions, and iddioms from her pagan ancestors or adopted and adapted those of her neighbors, [Author’s Note:  specially Egypt]:

 

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About Harold L Carter

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University Masters degree, Ohio State University Undergraduate National Officer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eastern Asst Vice President, when a student at Columbia University Profile Photograph: Mom & Me, when I was a graduate student
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