Asimov's Guide to the Bible: Two Volumes in One, the Old and by Isaac Asimov

By Isaac Asimov

In Asimov's advisor to the Bible, Isaac Asimov explores the historic, geographical, and biographical points of the occasions defined within the previous and New Testaments. Asimov's makes an attempt to light up the Bible's many imprecise, mysterious passages turn out soaking up examining for an individual attracted to faith and background.

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Theinvasion of water from the sea, (for whatever reason) is, indeed, involved in the Biblical descritffionof the Flood; ... Genesis 7:11. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life were aB. the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. A' tidal wave plus rain, in other words. 1n 1872, an English archaeologist, George Smith, deciphered ancient tablets from the remains of a kyal Assyrian library and found a deseription of a flood in which one man saves himself, his family, and samples of animal life on board a ship.

Since Egypt was the most important of the Hamitic nations it seemed reasonable, according to the standards of the time, to describe Canaan as a son of Ham. The end of the ninth chapter of Genesis relates a tradition in which GENESIS 45 Noah, offended by his second son, Ham, curses him and condemns him and his son, Canaan, to servitude to his brothers. This reflects the fact that at the time Genesis was being reduced to writing, the Canaanites were indeed reduced to servitude to the Israelites, who were descendants of Shem.

In doing this, the family was following the normal trade routes from Sumeria to the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean lies five hundred miles due west of Ur, but if one were to travel due west one would have to cross the northern reaches of the Arabian desert, and that would be impractical. Instead, one would follow the rivers to the northwest and then turn south, marking out a great crescent that would carry one over a distance of over a thousand miles. The greater distance is made up for by the fact that one travels over fertile, settled territory and can rely on obtaining food and supplies for men and animals over the route.

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