If you wanted to restore peace to a pond, It would be better to convince the stone thrower of the error of his ways, rather than try and deal with the ripples.
Three key Biblical stories are allegedly prophetic. The Book of Isaiah, The Book of Daniel and The Book of Revelations.
Yet there is emerging evidence with scholarly support that they are not prophesies at all. Rather they were written after the fact. But why?
The answer. To support the ambitions of Empire.
If this can be proven. Judaism, Christianity and Islam may be found to be on very shaky grounds.
Let's see shall we.
First the Book of Isaiah.
Most scholars for at least the past 100 years or so agree that the Book of Isaiah was written in three parts. They suggest that at least two of those parts were not written when the Bible suggests they were but around 538BC or later. This just happens to be the time that one of the key actors within the Book of Isaiah was in Babylon liberating the Jewish Captives. That person, listed as a Saviour of the enslaved Jewish people, was known as Cyrus the Great. A major empire builder, back in the day.
Now, if you asked a Samaritan, what he thought of the returning Jewish people, he'd most likely tell you, that they brought back a new version of their traditions.
But, where it gets interesting, and we start to see a common pattern, is with the 1800's discovery of the Cyrus Cylinder. On this cylinder we are told that Cyrus liberated the Babylonians just two years earlier in 540BC and just like in the Book of Isaiah, Cyrus is cast as a good friend of the locals god. In the Babylonians case it was Marduk. In the captive Jewish folks case it was Yahweh. It's also in the Book of Isaiah, part 2, that Yahweh is identified as the supreme God of Gods.
This is but 1 or 5 related events, that may challenge the notion that prophecies and miracles are a part of human reality. Don't you just love history :-)
To be continued ...
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