Judaism,: How Beliefs Changed From the First Bible Ever Written to Today's Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and What It Means for Modern Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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9780981668161: Judaism,: How Beliefs Changed From the First Bible Ever Written to Today's Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and What It Means for Modern Judaism, Christianity and Islam
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Many unexpected revelations came to light from comparing the first Bible ever written (called the Yahwist or Tamar Bible) with today's Bible, like the one you have at home.
 

All the events on Mount Sinai were a later addition, converting Judaism into a religion of law (the laws of Moses) from a religion revolving around the land (the Promised Land).
 

All the violence in the Bible was also a later addition so as to instill the fear of God in the people so that they would obey the new laws by showing them that God can be very violent and fearsome if He is disobeyed.
 

Also, monotheism was forced on the originally polytheist people, a tough battle because the stiff necked Jewish people did not lightly yield the beliefs and idols of their fathers.
 

These were the major changes.  Also, a host of intriguing revelations came to light.  In the first Bible, the Jews were not slaves in Egypt and they exited without killing, plaguing or plundering Egyptians.  The Hagar/Ishmael narrative, very favorable to Arab neighbors, was a later addition to the Bible.  And much more.
 

The priests also sought to sanitize the earthy Tamar Bible.  Solomon was the child of King David and Bathsheba's adultery, and he got the throne through fraud, with the priests sanitizing both aspects.  Solomon, first said to be as the wisest man in the world inheriting the strongest kingdom on earth, started the decline and fall of the Jewish nation.  In another earthy Tamar narrative, Abraham's subterfuge of claiming Sarah to be his sister rather than his wife led to the Pharaoh taking Sarah into his harem;  which the priests sanitized by adding a contradictory narrative.
 

Neither circumcision nor dietary and purity laws, nor any other laws or restrictions, were imposed on the people in the original Judaism;  only the traditions and customs of the community covered what the people could do.  It was a religion of total personal freedom.
 

This book is a surprisingly easy read, and you'll wind up with a better understanding of your own religion.

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Walter Lamp earned a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the Yale Law School. He applies the same scrutiny to religious texts as he does to legal documents. A student of both the Bible (Old Testament and Hebrew Bible) and the Muslim Koran, he has written six books on Scripture. He lays out in plain and simple language what the Scripture literally says and only that. Not having a political or religious agenda, he shuns all so-called "interpretation" and speaks only to the plain words of the Scripture that is at the core of the religion. His books are unbiased guides, as a legal scholar would write. Lamp takes nothing for granted about a reader's religious knowledge or lack thereof. His books are easy to read in spite of their serious subject matter. Every term and quote is explained with clear citations to its place in the Scripture so that readers might check it out or read further in the Scripture they happen to have at home. His books are lighthearted in tone, like going on a romp through the Scripture, and you'll wind up being much more knowledgeable about your religion and your Scripture.

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