The Story of the Bible

Shahidi Islam - Theologian and Author

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The Hebrew Bible is a collection of works written by several different authors.

First, Genesis, and possibly Leviticus, was written by Moses, then Exodus, Numbers, and Joshua were written during the days of David and Solomon along with the Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes.

Then they were rewritten during the days of King Hezekiah and the Assyrian exile as well as the adding of certain other books including some by the prophets.

Then it was rewritten again during the days of the prophet Jeremiah and the Babylonian exile as well as adding Deuteronomy, the four books of Kings, the two books of Chronicles, and a few more prophets.

Then during the days of the priest Ezra and the return from exile it was rewritten again with the addition of the last few prophets and a little more history.

Then finally, all these books were Hellenized during the days of the Maccabean revolt and the Hasmonean Dynasty.

The priest Ezra copy of the Bible was, however, the last Hebrew translation of the Bible before it became Hellenized and it was a dodgy one at that.

Written by scribes who were instructed by the priest Ezra to avoid controversial subjects and themes, for example the word Elohim.

This Aramean name for God is actually a plural in Aramaic, Hebraic, and Chaldean, and is actually a corruption of a word that should be pronounced Iluim (that is Eelooeem).

Basically, the name Elohim is actually the word Iluim and means gods.

But this is nothing, before venturing to Egypt Abram was instructed by “the Lord,” usually translated as Jehovah, sometimes as YHWH.

But when he meets Moses at the bush he is in fact called AHYH Asr – The translation of this commonly as “I am what I am” therefore makes little sense.

What makes better sense is the idea that a break occurs that got lost in translation.

YH is the only consistent title as AH simply add emphasis to a word in Hebrew.

Yah or Jah is thus the actual name of the Hebrew God, but what does it mean and where does it come from?

In ancient Egypt there is a god that matches this idea, and it is likely to be the God Abram went to Egypt in search of as he adopted the Egyptian tradition of circumcision afterward, which was practiced by the priesthood of Amen, Ra, and Ptah, who all combined to form the trinity Amen-Ra-Ptah.

But here are the clinchers: (i) In the ancient Egyptian mystery schools Ptah is also joined to Ausar to become Ptah Asr the god of the dead.

(ii) Ptah creates the world by using his words or Hekau (magic words, chants, or commands) which he speaks to design the universe.

(iii) The word which Elohim uses to begin the creation, “Let there by light” is a translation of the Hebrew words “Amen Ur.”

Again, Amen in ancient Egypt is among the most powerful gods and ur in ancient Egypt translated as great, in other words Amen Ur translated in ancient Egypt to “Amen the Great”.

So why so much corruptions? The Bible is the word of God but these and other corruptions are a result of historical and translational difficulties.

First, the Assyrian invasion, then the Babylonian captivity, then the Persian period, and, finally, the Hellenic times.

The Old Testament of today is merely a new translation of the Hellenic. The other corruptions and distortions are likely a result of the priest Ezra’s revenge on Egypt.

See, during the days of the prophet Jeremiah the people of Judea called out to Egypt for help and protection against the Babylonians.

When the Egyptians failed to help them many of the Judeans in Babylon blamed the Egyptians for their suffering.

However, some of the Judeans during the Babylonian Empire, fled to Egypt and the Judean community living in Egypt.

So there were two groups of Judeans during the days of the Babylonian Empire: those that were taken to Babylon and those that retreated to Egypt.

Of the two groups the larger was apparently the one that fled into Egypt.

Nevertheless, the Hebrews were really a sect out of Egypt that believed in Ptah, the ancient Egyptian grand architect and grand master of all Egyptian grand masters.

The knowledge of this truth must have shamed Ezra who grew up in Babylon blaming Egypt for the Judean exile.

It also must have made him uncomfortable as the Hebrews did not use images for their God whereas the Egyptians had thousands of images of Ptah and many of Ptah-Asr.

It also explains why the Hebrews built a golden calf as an image of YHWH. Why this animal? Where did that idea come from?

One of the symbols for Ausar is the Apis Bull and the main symbol for Ptah is also a bull. Ptah-Asr therefore must have been perceived to be symbolized as a bull.

Not only was the bull the symbol of Jah when the Hebrews came out of Egypt, but all through the history of the Northern Kingdom of Israel they had the symbol of a golden bull in Bethel and Dan.

So Moses must have told the Hebrews that their God was Ptah-Asr and not AHYH Asr; and the Hebrews interpreted that to mean they could build symbols to the god as was done in Egypt.

The second of the Ten Commandments then forbid this practice, which the Hebrews could never have known was wrong considering their history, and thus the Hebrews stopped it.

When Ezra learned these shocking truths it must have been devastating so to cover up these truths he retranslated the Hebrew Bible and rewrote it based on Aramaic ideas.

What we have today is a distortion, the Hebrew God is really Ptah and not YHWH or Jehovah, and as he is their God if we wish to learn how to please God we should venture into ancient Egyptian philosophy.

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