Sunday, April 17, 2005

The Passover happened

Passover, according to the Hebrew Calendar, is on the fifteenth day of the month of Nisan; a lunar month, the first day of which always a new moon, thus the fifteenth is always at the full moon.

Mythology – an Angle of Death; a Last Supper; an Exodus; Charlton Heston as Moses; “The Ten Commandments” – death passes over, individuals pass over. Symbolic Mythology derived from historical fact – has a place; but a place in time and history is, to my mind, far more interesting.

It is a story in three parts, revolving around three characters: Abraham, Joseph, and Moses. Their lives are a sequence of Biblically dated to historic events involving the interaction of Egypt and 12 Semitic Tribes, collectively known in history as the Hyksos.

An inscription affirms Egyptians practiced circumcision in 2400 BC, Abraham may have received it when the Hyksos entered Egypt. Why circumcision? It was the practice of Egyptian nobility and elite classes. A prophecy tells Abraham his people will serve in Egypt 400 years (Ge 15:13)

The Hyksos were a nomadic warrior tribe – nomads are shepherds, Egyptians hated shepherds. It didn’t help when these shepherds invade, and effectively conquer, Egypt around 1780 BC.

Joseph, who lived 110 years – the period of Hyksos rule in Egypt – we are told, buried his father in a cave purchased by, Abraham (Ge 50:13). Abraham, we are told, lived in the time of Amrahel (Ge 14) – we know him as the law giver, Hammurabi (1795-1750 BC).

By Biblical chronology, Abraham would have died 30 years before the reign of Hammurabi, but within Hammurabi’s lifetime.

Egyptians had developed extraordinary medical knowledge, and were “clean freaks”– the “Hibri” ("the people from beyond") adopted (Le 15) these practices and improved upon by the time they were evicted from Egypt, around 1446 BC (1K 6:1); but a remnant population remained.

A volcanic eruption is believed the source of death – the angel of death which swept the Nile delta – the “blood tide” (Ex 7:21) being iron oxide from the eruption turned the rivers red, killing fish, poisoning water and, at the Sea of Reeds, a tsunami dealt death when the waters receded and then crashed back across the low-lying lands.

There was a volcanic eruption at Thera about 1626 BC, too early, but coincident with the end of the period of Hyksos rule. Another volcanic eruption destroyed the Minoan palaces around 1450 BC – the Minoan expansion (1750-1440 BC), associated with the tribe of Dan, parallels the Hibri.

Remnant Hibri occupied the area of the Nile Delta. About 1380, 400 years after the first Hyksos rulers, tablets from Tell el Amarna reveal a monotheistic faith failed in Egypt; But it didn’t vanish, rather it too was adopted by the “Hibri”. The Exodus is composed of melded histories.

Moses coincides with Akhenaton (1380-1362 BC) – Egyptian and Judaic monotheism linked by a the sojourn. Dramatic philosophies do not appear in a vacuum – as Moses claims to be raised in Pharaoh’s house, these boys were taught in the same educational system.

There were now twelve Hebrew “tribes” – combining a doctrine of hygiene, monotheism and the Code of Hammurabi into one reformulated history during the Babylonian diaspora (538BC).

The Passover happened, a people with shared experience recombined into a nation – much as we, from various nations, combined to make America. They placed a value on health, good nutrition, knowledge and devotion to their creator. Growing closer to the creator’s spirit (EX 31:3) is, in part: Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding.

Review the past, looking inside for understanding, and without to gain knowledge; actions invoke the spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding – or they display a lack there of.

One deity became many; the many disbursed; but shall again become one. (Jeremiah 31:34)

The angle of death follows orders, marking the door post saved the honorable and faithful. Next week, Satan asks for signatures – a “Christian people’s veto”, has you sign away your soul.

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