The Old Testament’s made-up camels are a problem for Zionism

o13-iconAndrew Brown writes: There are 21 references to camels in the first books of the Bible, and now we know they are all made up.

Some of them are quite startlingly verisimilitudinous, such as the story of Abraham’s servant finding a wife for Isaac in Genesis 24: “Then the servant left, taking with him 10 of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor. He made the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was towards evening, the time the women go out to draw water.”

But these camels are made up, all 10 of them. Two Israeli archaeozoologists have sifted through a site just north of modern Eilat looking for camel bones, which can be dated by radio carbon.

None of the domesticated camel bones they found date from earlier than around 930BC – about 1,500 years after the stories of the patriarchs in Genesis are supposed to have taken place. Whoever put the camels into the story of Abraham and Isaac might as well have improved the story of Little Red Riding Hood by having her ride up to Granny’s in an SUV. [Continue reading…]

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1 thought on “The Old Testament’s made-up camels are a problem for Zionism

  1. Christopher Hoare

    Anyone who has read accounts from any of the World’s religious traditions is surely familiar with the fanciful embellishments brought about by the ‘scribes’ enthusiasms for their material. The whole idea of using any of these stories as legally sound evidence is ridiculous.
    Will that cause the Zionists or the ‘fundamentalists’ to re-evaluate their beliefs? Not a chance. Belief requires no evidence at all—in fact, the farther from reality, the more passionate the belief.

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