The Moses Legacy

The Moses Legacy : The Evidence of History

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If Moses really existed, he would be arguably history's most influential figure, the founder of the great monotheistic religions of the modern world. But was he a real person and, if so, when did he live? In this text, Graham Phillips takes the reader on a journey into biblical times, using archaeological evidence as well as a new reading of the Old Testament to recreate early Hebrew history. He shows how much of the Old Testament can be corroborated, from the conquest of Canaan to the seven plagues of Israel. But above all, he uncovers the identity of Moses, unpicking the confused chronology of Exodus to reveal that Moses was not one but two men, living at different times - a Hebrew priest called Kamose who first discovered God and an Egyptian prince called Tuthmose who led the Israelites out of slavery. And he locates one of the most holy places in the world, the Mountain of God, which is not today's Mount Sinai but another, more ancient religious more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 24mm | 240.41g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 40 b&w photographs
  • 0330484087
  • 9780330484084
  • 1,908,812

About Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips has investigated unsolved mysteries for over fifteen years. His is the author of Robin Hood - the Man Behind the Mystery. The Search for the Grail, The Marian Conspiracy and the bestselling The Act of more

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Moses is a key character in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 'The great monotheistic religions of the modern world', says Graham Phillips, 'derived from the holy laws he is said to have revealed to the ancient Israelites.' But did he really exist, and if so when and where? Graham Phillips uses a combination of archaeological evidence and close reading of the Old Testament to research early Jewish history. He finds that there are credible natural explanations for many of its events. The famous plagues of Egypt correlate closely with the results of a volcanic eruption nearby - the 'darkness over the land' could have been caused by a massive fall of ash, which could have also killed fish and triggered skin disorders - two of the other plagues recorded. Significantly, an enormous volcanic eruption is known to have occurred on the Greek island of Thera at a similar time. Likewise, the 'burning bush' encountered by Moses could actually have been a bush of thorn apples - which are hallucinogenics causing sweaty, feverish sensations. As for the figure of Moses himself, says Phillips, there is evidence to suggest that it is an amalgamation of two men - a Hebrew priest called Kamose who inspired the Israelites with a new religion, and an Egyptian called Prince Tuthmose who brought them out of slavery. Only the biblical chronology is suspect, but the accounts were written many centuries later, having been handed down through the generations. This is a masterpiece of painstaking detective work, which brings the Old Testament to life and produces overwhelming evidence that a lot of it is true. (Kirkus UK)show more