No Gods But Mine
Trafford Publishing, 14 apr. 2004
Moses, a Jew, is brought up in the luxury of the court of the Pharaoh, is schooled in egyptian lore, language, and religion. There are two large gaps in the story of Moses: First gap: Between the age of three months when, as a baby, he is found in the bulrushes of the Nile by the daughter of the Pharaoh, and the age of the forty when, in Egypt, he kills an Egyptian overseer of Jewish slaves. During the time from three months to forty years he would have been educated as a Prince of Egypt and exposed to their multiple gods, their worship of idols, the religious practices of human sacrifices and the sacrifice of children to the fire of Molech (Baal). He would not have known of a single god at that time. Second gap: Between the age of forty when he was taken in by Jethro, the High Priest of the Kenite clan of Midian, and the age of eighty when he believes that he has been called by God to rescue the Jews from bondage in Egypt. During the forty years he spent as a shepherd for Jethro he would have known that Jethro, the High Priest, taught that there was only one God. Yahweh, and that all males should be circumcised. Since Moses later chose Yahweh as the sole God of the Jews, it would appear that this concept was learned from Jethro. No Gods But Mine fills in these gaps explaining them in a reasonable manner and answers the following questions: Why did Moses learn Hebrew? How did he find out that he was a Jew? Why, at age forty, was he still unmarried? How did he come to believe that there was only one God? Why did he covet the land of Canaan so badly? How did he manage to free the Jews from bondage? How did the Jews cross the Sea of Reeds? Why did he hate the Amalekites and Canaanites? Why did he order the execution of thousands of his own people? Why did he order the wholesale executions of thousands of innocent women and children? Other generally unknown facts are brought out, such as: the Jews did not spend forty years wandering in the wilderness, and that over two million Jews who left Egypt with moses perished along the way and never reached the Promised Land. His knowledge of the wonders of the land of Canaan as a land of milk and honey are evidenced by the numerous references in the Torah to it as the Promised Land. They indicate that he had spent sufficient time there to learn the advantages of the land and enough of the religious practices of the Canaanites to detest them. His hatred shows in the following: According to Moses, this is what God told him: My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. Do not bow down before their gods of worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces.) Ex. 23:23-25. Moses has an obsession to posses the land of Canaan which shows when, after they had conquered and possessed all of the lands from Ammon on the sunrise side of the salt sea to Mt. Hermon, he still wanted the Jews to enter and possess the land of Canaan. In many different places it is stated that God will destroy, wipe out, eradicate the Hittites, Amorites, Hivites, Canaanites, and that the characteristics of God of vanity, anger, jealousy, vindictiveness and murderous intent which Moses describes are actually those of Moses himself.
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