[b-hebrew] abrhm

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Wed Mar 13 10:32:23 EDT 2013


 
John Leake: 
We agree as to many things.  But as to the most important point, you  and I 
are in total disagreement, when you write: 
“I don't see a fourteenth-century text. A lot of the  features you cite as 
signs of an author I see as signs of storytelling within an  oral tradition.”
 
Let me list a few of the many features of the Patriarchal  narratives that 
were written down in Akkadian cuneiform in the Amarna Age  regarding Years 
12-14, and which could not possibly, under any circumstances, be  “
storytelling within an oral tradition”. 
1.  Genesis  47: 28 says that Jacob was an early semi-monotheistic leader 
of his people in  Egypt for 17 shanah.  Historically in the Amarna Age,  
Akhenaten was an early semi-monotheistic leader of his people in  Egypt for 17 
years. 
2.  In Years  12-13, with “Year 13” being specifically referenced at 
Genesis 14: 4, the ruler  of the “valley” [Genesis 37: 14] that was the opposite 
of “east” of Bethel  [Genesis 13: 9, 11], namely the valley of ia-lu-na 
[the spelling of “Ayalon” at  Amarna Letter EA 287: 57 by IR-Heba’s scribe:  
Biblical )-L-N at Genesis 13: 18, 14:  13, 18: 1] west of Bethel and 
Jerusalem, was Mamre the Amorite [Genesis 14: 13].  Historically in the Amarna Age, 
the  Amorite princeling Milk-i-Ilu ruled the Ayalon Valley through Year 13, 
and [per the  Amarna Letters] was notoriously allied with tent-dwellers 
[habiru], as well as  Canaanite and Hurrian princelings.  Genesis 14: 13 
expressly says that Mamre the Amorite was allied with  tentdwellers [the Hebrews], 
Canaanite “brothers”/princelings [Eshcol], and  Hurrian “brothers”
/princelings [Anir].  Moreover, the historical name “Milk-i-Ilu”, coming straight 
out of the  Amarna Letters as the name of the princeling who dominated the 
Ayalon Valley  from Gezer through Year 13, is honored at Genesis 46: 17, 
where two of the  Hebrews who move to Egypt with Jacob are named XBR, being the 
root of  XBR-WN/“Hebron”, and immediately following that MLK -Y- )L/“
Milk-i-Ilu”.  
3.  But as  good as things were for the first Hebrews in Years 12-13, it 
all went bad in  Year 14 when Milk-i-Ilu, against the advice of the first 
Hebrews, unfortunately  picked as his successor his firstborn son, Yapaxu, who 
hated tentdwellers,  instead of his younger son who soon broke from Yapaxu 
and allied with the  tentdwellers, per Amarna Letter EA 298.  Firstborn son 
Yapaxu was a bona fide threat to drive the first Hebrews  out of their beloved 
homeland in the northeast Ayalon Valley.   T-h-a-t  is why the Patriarchal 
narratives  portray 7 out of 7 firstborn sons as properly getting the shaft: 
 (i) Haran, (ii), Lot, (iii) Ishmael,  (iv) Esau, (v) Reuben, (vi) Er, 
(vii) Manasseh.  The Amorite Yapaxu represents the  “iniquity of the Amorites” 
that is darkly referenced at Genesis 15: 16, so soon  after Abram had been 
in a glorious covenant relationship with his father, the  Amorite 
Mamre/Milk-i-Ilu, at Genesis 14: 13.  Things were moving fast, and they were  going 
straight downhill now for the first Hebrews in Year 14.  In desperation, the 
first Hebrews  planned to ask Akhenaten to do what Jacob is portrayed as doing 
in chapter 48 of  Genesis:  overrule the wishes of  Pharaoh’s fine servant 
[Joseph;  historical Milk-i-Ilu] and insist that a  younger son [Ephraim;  
the  historical younger brother of hated Yapaxu] be given the finer 
inheritance to  succeed such fine servant of Pharaoh, not the favored firstborn son. 
4.  In order  to show empathy with Akhenaten’s Year 14 problems [so that 
Akhenaten might be  bestirred to remove hated Yapaxu from power in the Hebrews’
 homeland of the  Ayalon  Valley], each Patriarch is  portrayed as having a 
terrible time siring a son by his favorite main wife.  Historically in the 
Amarna Age,  Akhenaten had a terrible time trying to sire a son as his 
proper heir by beloved  Nefertiti. 
5.  In order  to show further empathy with Akhenaten’s Year 14 problems, 
Abraham’s  nephew/“brother” Lot is portrayed at Genesis 19: 30-38 as being 
able to carry on  his line [in order to “preserve life”] by means of siring 
sons/grandsons by his  own daughters, and the son of Jacob whom Jacob will 
later anoint as the new  leader of the Hebrews at Genesis 49: 8-10, namely 
Judah, is portrayed at Genesis  38: 12-30 as siring sons/grandsons by his own 
daughter-in-law Tamar, one of  whom, Perez, is fated to become the leader of 
the next generation of the Hebrews  [per Genesis 38: 29 and Genesis 46: 12]. 
 Historically in the Amarna Age, Akhenaten tried to sire sons/grandsons by  
his own daughters to be his proper heir, since he had no luck siring a son 
as  his proper heir by formerly beloved Nefertiti. 
6.  It was  Year 13 when pharaoh Akhenaten had his vizier confiscate a 
great deal of  valuable land along the Nile River at firesale prices for the 
royal  household.  Shortly after Jacob is  stated to be age 13 tenfold shanah 
at Genesis 47: 9, which is intended to  signify Year 13, Joseph as Pharaoh’s 
vizier [later in that same chapter 47 of  Genesis] confiscates a great deal 
of valuable land along the Nile River at  firesale prices for the royal 
household. 
7.  Per the  Amarna Letters, it was Year 13 when the strongman ruler of 
Shechem was  assassinated under bizarre circumstances on behalf of, but without 
the prior  approval of, the early semi-monotheist Akhenaten.  Per the 
Patriarchal narratives, it was  13 tenfold years after Abraham’s birth when the 
strongman ruler of Shechem was  assassinated under bizarre circumstances on 
behalf of, but without the prior  approval of, the early semi-monotheist 
Jacob in chapter 34 of Genesis.   
Do you see the  p-i-n-p-o-i-n-t  historical  accuracy of the Patriarchal 
narratives in recalling every minute detail of Years  12-14?  There’s no way 
that that  level of detail, regarding three historical years, could under any 
circumstances  be the product of “storytelling within an oral tradition”.  
Not. 
I know that university professors teach you that the  Patriarchal 
narratives are late and fictional, but they’re wrong.  The Patriarchal narratives in 
fact are  incredibly ancient, having been composed and written down in 
Akkadian cuneiform  [a la the Amarna Letters, except using Akkadian cuneiform to 
write  Canaanite/pre-Hebrew words, not Akkadian words] in late Amarna.  The 
Patriarchal narratives have  p-i-n-p-o-i-n-t  historical accuracy in 
recalling every  jot and tittle of what actually happened in Years 12-14 under 
Akhenaten’s  unfortunate reign, most all of which we can confirm with certainty 
by reference  to the Amarna Letters. 
The Patriarchal narratives are  n-o-t  an oral tradition, as you’re taught 
at  school.  Rather, the Patriarchal  narratives were written down at the 
very beginning, right after Akhenaten’s  death [with the scribe who was 
retained by the first Hebrews for the task likely  being the former scribe of 
IR-Heba of Jerusalem, who had been living only a  day’s walk east of where the 
first Hebrews tenuously were sojourning in the  northeast Ayalon Valley in 
the second half of the Amarna Age].  In an attempt to show empathy with  
Akhenaten’s Year 14 problems [so that Akhenaten might be bestirred to remove  
hated Yapaxu from power in the Hebrews’ homeland in the Ayalon Valley], great  
Patriarch #1 features in the middle of his name one of Akhenaten’s favorite  
divine references:  resh/R, here  being, via the Egyptian divine name ra, a 
generic reference to the divine.  )B R HM:  father [)B], by divine Will 
[R], of a  multitude [HM], just as Genesis 17: 5 accurately tells us the 
meaning is.  You can’t get it more straightforward  than that.  But only in Year 
14  [when there was still a semi-realistic chance that Akhenaten might help 
the  first Hebrews] would a Hebrew author ever have come up with, and written 
down,  an Egypt-friendly name like that for the most beloved Hebrew  
Patriarch. 
Jim Stinehart 
Evanston,  Illinois
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