How old is the Old Testament?
How old is the Old Testament?
Although the Old Testament has no direct importance
in connection to Ancient Christianity,
the question is certainly valid,
because the preaching of Western Christianity
gives the impression as if God has given
the Old Testament as a direct message
to though the ages of world history.
This is absolutely not true.
The history of the Old Testament is immensely
influenced by the time period 800-600 BC.
During that period two important things have happened.
1. The alphabet was invented.
The oral history of the Old Testament changed into
a written history of which we don't know much.
The first written down scriptures have been
edited by the Hebrew people returning from exile
in Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Persia (Iran).
There they have met others male oriented religions,
which they gave the name of Jehovah.
On their return they altered the freshly written down sciptures
of the Baal and Baalat oriented female centured religion
into the well known Jehovah stories.
2. The Hindu (Aryan) tribes started to migrate
from the North of Persia, where they
lived for an immensely long time in peace.
To the East they conquered India and established
the fascinating Hindu religion,
where the female aspect of God is alive everywhere.
To the West they invaded a lot of known
areas, changing world history.
Not much is known about this major movement of nations,
but the years from 800 to 600 BC have been called
the Key Centuries of modern history.
Not only the Hebrew religion started
to write down their oral traditions.
Many other religions also started to write down
their holy books, which until that time were
only in an oral tradition.
The alphabet was spreading over the Earth.
So happened with the Hindu religion, the so-called
Veda's were written down.
In ancient Egypt the meaning of ancient hieroglyphs is lost
and demotic writing is the main way of communication.
The wave of Persians coming into ancient Egypt
is to be seen in connection with the upheaval
of that time.
The exiled Hebrew people returning to the homeland after being exiled
brought with them another religion,
which in their feeling was the real religion,
much better then the old one of Mozes, Aaron, Mirjam.
They believed in Jahweh, the jealous god,
declaring vengeance unto the third generation.
The old Moses-Aaron-Mirjam religion
with the holy cow, with the female goddess,
with the snake as a holy symbol,
with the Arc as a coffin of miracles,
was out, totally out.
The vengeance god Jahweh declared war
on the non-believers.
In about two generations everything of
the old Baal and Baalat religion was destroyed,
even the holy symbols of cow and snake.
All other temples of the old Hebrew religion were destroyed by force.
Even their existence was and is denied.
Only one temple for Jahweh, the new God from the exile.
This is why there is such a confusing mixture
of all kind of names of God in the scriptures.
The old religion was the Baal/Baalat religion.
Baal is only a title and means Lord.
Baalat was his female partner.
Baal and Baalat are not names.
The relation with the Hathor-Amen-Mut-Mhonsu roots
was completely erased.
In the later books of the Old Testament the destruction
of the holy snake of Moses is noted down
as a farewell to ancient times.
The snake on the cross has been a holy symbol kept inside the temple
for more then a thousand years.
But the new religion of Jahweh rejected
the ancient symbol and destroued it.
Is there still an oral tradition of faithful
believers of the original tradition of Mozes-Aaron--Mirjam?
Were the first written down scriptures
of the ancient religion somehow saved at some hidden place?
In my opinion there is a very ancient tradition
within the Islamic religion.
Important Islamic scholars soon after the revelation
of the holy Koran explained that God
had given a new message to the believers,
because the original holy writings
of the first revelation were lost.
They were pointing at the non reliability
of the Old Testament scriptures,
where the original revelations had been lost.
Is there in the same way also an ancient Christian tradition
with ancient knowledge somewhere surviving?
Many scriptures of the original Christians
have been destroyed and rewritten.
The Septuagint is such an ancient Christian tradition.
The Septuagint Old Testament is much older then
any of the known scriptures in Hebrew language,
even more ancient then any of the Dead Sea scrolls.
When we patiently study ancient religious history,
without being mind set by the propaganda and threat of religious groups,
maybe we will be able to retrace the ancient religion.
My opinion upon the history of the text of the Old Testament
has nothing to do with people,
who have their comfort in the Holy Book
or any other holy book.
This is not a statement about people
and their religion in the present time.
All I want to know is:
what has been lost and when it was still there in present day,
could this ancient knowledge inspire us now and here?
I only have an opinion about the history of the text.
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