This article is just so-so but it has one good idea when it suggests
that Genesis could be based on myths of Egypt which was a superior
civilization. My understanding is there were at least two accounts of
eden that were combined, and the flood was added so a later priest
could hold to the old myths of existing followers while overwriting
things by saying they were of an older time which does not matter.
We all know that the Egyptian Pharohs had some wacky beliefs. (Yugi-oh confirmed it.)
Aside from devoting much of their life to building pyramids and amassing pristine treasure they could bury in the sands, the pharohs clearly preferred to walk sideways. They were also required to follow 42 commandments unless a priest recanted a magic spell that absolved their heart of the responsibility to testify to their sins.
Unsurprisingly, the “Book of the Dead” toting priests with their bullshit theology carried enormous influence in their society. And the people supported them to the point that the priests of Atum were able to reset the monotheism Akhenaten tried to implement, and even went on to rule in their own power in later centuries.
Egyptian religious history is rich in parallels.
” After Akhenaten’s death the old religion revived, and it is said that the priests cursed him to wander as a ghost for the rest of time. To this day people still claim to have met Akhenaten’s ghost in the deserts of Egypt”
” Freud said that the guilt from the murder of Moses is inherited through the generations; this guilt then drives the Jews to religion to make them feel better.”
Islam and Egypt:
“Al-Aziz Uthman (1171–1198) tried to destroy the pyramids at Giza. He gave up after damaging the Pyramid of Menkaure, as the task proved too huge.”
” In AD 1303, a massive earthquake loosened many of the outer casing stones, which were then carted away by Bahri Sultan An-Nasir Nasir-ad-Din al-Hasan in 1356 to build mosques and fortresses in nearby Cairo.”
-Muslim tries to convert to Christianity and the change of legal terms is rejected by the government.
-Riot leaves an Egyptian village without Christians