The Bible is the most exact "Holy Book" of any of the world's widely-practiced religions. The Qu'ran is mostly a collection of high-flying oratory; the writings of Buddha are a collection of essays on how to live ("Noble Eightfold Paths," etc.). But the Bible is, first and foremost, a Collection of annals, including genealogical annals (like the Annals of Adam and the Annals of Noah), royal annals (the Books of the Kings), and more specific historical documents (like the Annals of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, which include the Log of Noah's Ark). Contrary to Giberson's dismissal of them, these records make the most highly specific claims of historical events of any "holy book," and indeed closely rival contemporary "secular" histories in the specificity of the claims they make. And unlike those other records, the Bible is scrupulously honest about the causes of the rise, and fall, of the military and mercantile empire known initially as the United Kingdom of Israel and then as the Kingdom of Judah, as well as of the breakaway "Kingdom of Israel" to Judah's north.
Terry Hurlbut, Examiner.com 54 Comments
[11/5/2010 5:06:08 AM]
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