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  •  The pyramids are much older (3+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, Cassandra Waites, Orinoco

    Somehow people conflate the biblical era with the pyramid era, and assume that the Hebrew slaves were the ones who built the pyramids.  That's not in the Tanach and it's not in Jewish tradition.  The pyramids go back a lot farther in time.

    There are certainly parallels in the Moses story to other older stories.  That doesn't mean that there is nothing behind them, or that Jews are really the Venezuelan actors hired to push out the Palestinians.  There is reason to suggest that the little-known Hyksos who are said to have conquered Egypt at one time were really the Hebrews, and that when the Pharonic Egyptians (I'm not sure of the right ethnic term; they're probably the ancestors of the Copts) took back control a couple hundred years later, the Hebrews/Hyksos found themselves in deep doodoo.  Jewish religion did not yet exist (since it is based on the Laws of Moses), but early Hebrew monotheism did.

    There were a lot of tribes circulating around the Fertile Crescent in those days.  National boundaries in the modern sense didn't exist.  So "Hebrew", "Canaanite", and other neighboring peoples, especially pastoralists, had overlapping lands, and resorted to national/tribal traditions to maintain their identity and culture.  So the ancestors of today's Jews almost certainly did live in the CisJordan area, but so did others.  The extremist settler view ("ours alone") is wrong, but so is the extremist anti-Jewish view.

    •  They also used solid stone NOT brick (1+ / 0-)
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      for the entire construction of the pyramids.

      There is no way slave labor that included producing bricks with or without straw could have been involved in the actual construction of the pyramids proper. The construction of the living areas near the building sites would have been a different story, but still not something anyone would have necessarily wanted to use slave labor for.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:23:54 AM PDT

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