From: Jan de Koning (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Oct 04 2002 - 16:44:50 EDT
I did not follow the discussion on this subject, but it does not appear to
go away. May I refer to my uncle's study (written in Dutch, some of you
may be able to read it) :
"Studien over de El-Amarnabrieven en het Oude Testament inzonderheid uit
historisch oogpunt" by J. de Koning; 557 pages, published in 1940 at NV
W.D. Meinema, Delft, Netherlands. His conclusion based on the Bible and
numerous clay-tablets: Israel entered Canaan about 1380 BC
Jan de Koning
At 11:06 AM 03/10/2002 -0400, Dick Fischer wrote:
>Hi Peter, you wrote:
> >Wiseman suggests that Genesis was transmitted on clay tablets before
> >Jacob moved to Egypt (cf. his Colophon in Gen.37:1-2a), and that from
> >then on, presumably Egyptian writing customs obtained, i.e. papyrus. In
> >striking contrast to Gen.1-36, there is no indication of systematic
> >tablet characteristics (colophon etc.) in any other OT text. It may very
> >well be that Moses, or even Joseph already, copied Jacob's tablet
> >collection to papyrus (Wiseman didn't speculate on that). But archeology
> >apparently confirms that clay tablets, not papyrus, were the ordinary
> >writing substrate all over the Near East - apart from Egypt - until long
> >after Moses' time.
>I wish I could get as much press on my disclosure of hard historical data
>and evidence corroborating Genesis 1-11 as these guys get on idle
>speculation. Sigh ...
>Anyway, clay tablets went out of style before the Exodus ca. 1290 BC. While
>clay tablets have been found in city libraries, it would be hard to
>peoples generating them.
> >As for the size of the Genesis tablet library, I don't think it would
> >have been so much trouble for the patriarchs to have their important
> >family documentation in their luggage.
>Clay doesn't travel well.
> >"It would be surprising if the biblical patriarchs had not done so
> >with their own
> >genealogies ..."
>Well, we certainly have king lists, and they do parallel the Genesis
>5 genealogies to
>some degree ...
>Dick Fischer - The Origins Solution - www.orisol.com
>ĪThe Answer we should have known about 150 years agoĶ
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