Posted by Tiglath from 162.c.010.mel.iprimus.net.au (126.96.36.199) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 10:29AM :
I saw a rerun of Charlton Heston’s Ten Commandments a few weeks ago. It was and still is a magnificent movie.
Seeing it again recently, now that I have a deeper understanding of the history casts a new light on it.
A lot of what is implied in the movie and the Jewish Old Testament is remarkable.
It also shows Moses floating down the river Nile and being discovered by the daughter of the Pharaoh who took him for her own.
It shows the “poor” and “persecuted” Jews building one of the wonders of the world, The Pyramids.
It also shows Yawheh giving man the first known law code that became known as the Ten Commandments.
Since the discovery of ancient Assyria by Layard some of the Jewish Bible and its tales have been shown to have been plagiarised.
The tale of Moses floating down the Nile was written a thousand years earlier by the Sumerians in the epic of Gilgamesh.
Recent archaeological excavations also show that the people who built The Pyramids weren’t the Israelites but highly skilled, highly paid artisans. Not peasant illiterate slaves.
And let’s not forget that Yawheh appears to have given Moses an abridged version of King Hammurabi’s Law Code, which is shown being given to Hammurabi by the ancient Babylonian Sun God, Shamash.
I can’t help but be admired by the way the Jews have used the media to turn their weaknesses into glorious triumphs. In the absence of others claiming the achievements of the ancients, the Jews appear to have used the media to portray and imply that they were the ones responsible for creating the civilization of the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians.
Now considering that only 1 million out of a total of 100 million cuneiform tablets have been discovered in and around Iraq. And of that 1million tablets only 25% have been translated then one can only imagine what other tales written by the Jews in the Bible have been “copy and pasted” from ancient Assyrian epics.
Who knows perhaps we will discover that the good Samaritan was actually a good Sumerian?
Perhaps the tale of David versus Goliath was the epic of Humbaba versus Enkidu?
Or maybe the tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors was really the epic of Anu and his rainbow?
And why can’t I make such speculations in light of the fact that only 0.25% of our total knowledge has been discovered to date?
I’m not saying that we should start plagiarising, exaggerating or lying like the Jews, and start taking credit for the achievements of others. All I’m saying is that we should simply start respecting and learning about our own ancestors in order for us to promote ourselves and fill the vacuum.
In the case of our ancestors no exaggeration is necessary to highlight what they achieved.
King Ashurbanipal’s words, engraved on the first ever library at Nineveh, never rang truer,
“For the sake of distant days.”
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