Shalom, everyone! The following is a lecture by renown archaeologist, Professor William G. Dever, titled “The Exodus and the Bible: What Was Known, What Was Remembered, What Was Forgotten.” This lecture was given in 2013 at the University of California San Diego conference, “Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination.” Historical and archaeological evidence presented in this lecture show some uncomfortable truths about those we know as ancient Israelites (indigenous Canaanites) and the scribes who wrote the Bible. The Israelites were not originally monotheistic, at any point in time. Monotheism actually developed while they were exiled in Babylon.
This video may offend some, however, in our quest for truth we must accept the facts both pleasant and unpleasant. Of course, our universe has a Divine Creator – the Supreme Being. That does not change. Who He is our human minds will never fully understand. Nevertheless, we must serve Him as our existence depends on Him. We must continue to question all the dogma we have been fed in the past.
The Bible must be read objectively, thoroughly, and without bias; this book is not to be followed blindly. Those who follow the Bible blindly or without scholarship often do irreparable harm to innocent people. As we have stated before, we should all endeavor to uncover the truth about our spiritual systems and their related texts:
“It is the glory of Elohim to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter,” ~ Proverbs 25:2
UCSD EXODUS CONFERENCE
“Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination”
May 31 — June 1, 2013
Qualcomm Institute @ Calit2 Auditorium, University of California, San Diego.
William Dever – The Exodus and the Bible: What Was Known, What Was Remembered, What Was Forgotten
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