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By Christopher Catherwood

ISBN-10: 0786717009

ISBN-13: 9780786717002

In The short background of the center East writer Christopher Catherwood makes an attempt to teach how our complete global is eventually formed through occasions that experience opened up or have their foundation within the heart East. Catherwood insists that, except we let lack of understanding to blind us—which to a undeniable volume it already has—the heart East must never be considered as ''some unusual position over there.'' 3 of the world's significant prepared religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—all stem from the world, as do defining civilizations from historical Egypt to Babylonia. Catherwood examines this storied zone during the lens of the current by way of asking those questions. How did the Palestinian factor come up? Why does Osama bin encumbered harp at the glories of Moorish Spain? Why did Islamic extremism emerge as an alternative to Arab socialist nationalism for thus many? cutting-edge headlines have transparent ancient causes, and The short heritage of the center East will deliver that idea into concentration.

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They too, the legend goes, were God's people creating a new land for God. Since many of the subsequent settlers in the New World — such as the Scotch Irish in the Valley of Virginia — were of Protestant Ulster origin, the myth of a divinely led people creating a new frontier land for God was perpetuated. This excursus into present-day national myths and troubles is relevant, because history is permanently being rewritten and reinterpreted. Ultimately, it can be argued that, it is a matter of opinion whether or not the 'three centuries of darkness' did or did not happen.

The Hebrew Scriptures do not try to hide people's mistakes; Abraham lied to protect himself (on one occasion telling an Egyptian ruler that Sarah was his sister, not his wife, in case the ruler wanted to kill him to get her), so too did his grandson Jacob, similarly to get out of trouble. But these same scriptures, or Tanakh, to give its Hebrew name, shows that God loves repentant sinners. Jacob in turn had twelve sons, branches of which later became the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The youngest but one, Joseph, who was born according to some around 1900 BC, was rejected by his brothers and ended up in a powerful position in Egypt as a principal adviser to the Pharaoh.

Finally, as an article in Time magazine in 1998 comments, an absence of evidence does not necessarily mean anything either way! While I tend to be convinced by the Rohl/James hypothesis that says it was definitely not Rameses II, it probably does not matter who the actual Pharaoh was. The main thing is that the Children of Israel were now out of THE DAWN OF MONOTHEISM 37 Egypt, and, after a period of wandering, now about to embark on setting up a country of their own. The main task of Moses and his brother Aaron (known to Muslims as Musa and Harun) had been to escape Egypt.

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