The Covenant… strikes back!

Over the last few months, I’ve been busy reaching out to a few brave souls willing to provide feedback and I spent some time reorganizing large sections of the book.  As a result, I believe it is now in a pretty decent shape, although polishing will continue to occur for some time. I was also extremely fortunate to have made the acquaintance of Philosophy professor Alex Zieba, who wrote a very compelling Foreword to the book… for which I am extremely grateful and honored!

Seven years ago…

May 4th 2009 sure feels like yesterday. That’s the day I launched Quiproquo sur Dieu, the book in which I suggested for the first time that Abraham’s Lord was a mortal. The feedback I received from those who read it was very rewarding, however, and despite having distributed over a hundred copies to the media, it failed to raise interest.

What I learned from this initial exercise is that the book suffered from a number of weaknesses, and as such, critics didn’t felt compelled to read it or engage in a discussion. I also learned that if I was ever  to be taken seriously, I needed to step up to the plate and roll up my sleeves.  Finally, it became obvious that publishing in French was more convenient for me, but that it was seriously limiting my outreach.

Here are the main critics that were issued, and what I did to overcome them in The Covenant :

  • I was told that I lacked formal education in biblical studies and that I had a deficient methodology…
    • I signed up for a Master in Theology at Université de Montréal where I learned biblical Hebrew, historico-critical methods and narrative analysis.
  • I was told that working with translations rather than the original biblical Hebrew text could lead to the wildest interpretations and that my work was therefore flawed…
    • Learning Hebrew was a wonderful experience and it actually helped me strengthen the case for  a mortal lord.  I am really glad that I invested the energy to learn it!
  • I was told that I had been working in a vacuum and that if I had considered the latest researches in the field, it would have become obvious to me that the idea of a historical Abraham would make no sense…
    • At least 10% of The Covenant is now dedicated to reviewing past researches, identifying their weaknesses and addressing the questions they left open. As it turns out, adopting the perspective of a mortal lord offers a perfect synthesis of past dialectics.
  • I was told that it was too easy to claim that Judaism had evolved out of the deification of a mortal lord without addressing the issue of the evolutionary steps leading from one to the other…
    • I widened the scope of my analysis and developed a comprehensive evolutionary model that explains the entire process, starting from the Bronze Age cult of the ancestors all the way down to the Babylonian Exile era.
  • I was told that I lacked external evidence in support for the 6/10 multiplier and that without such evidence, it might just be the result of fluke…
    • I was eventually able to find a Babylonian document, completely unrelated to the Bible, but dated to the same period that exhibited the exact same mathematical conversion error, which can also be resolved using the same approach.
  • I was accused of being sensationalist and of steering polemic in order to sell books…

I’m sure there will be plenty more objections to my work along the way, but I am at peace with it, especially since at every step of the way, the evidence turned up in my favor, and not once did it failed on me.

Anyone interested can now grab a copy, read and comment on it. Meanwhile, I will continue to make all necessary edits and will start looking for a publisher. Who knows…

I’m excited and nervous at the same time, as I know that breaking the noise barrier remains the biggest challenge I have yet undertaken… Indeed, virtually everyone has a fairly strong opinion on the subject – one way or the other – and getting them to open up to a new, and radically different perspective ain’t gonna be easy.  This is nevertheless much needed as the world needs to overcome religious fundamentalism if it ever wants to achieve sustainable peace, and one way to do so is to provide a more rationale and scientific explanation for the origin of the Abrahamic faith. I did the best I could to offer a convincing argumentation and to address the most common objections. It is now up to the Internet/universe to do its magic… hopefully with your helping hand!

The Covenant… strikes back!
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