Forget about the peaceful story of the patriarch attending to his sheep. You are about to learn of the untold story of Sodom. The forgotten story that no one knows about because, well, losers don’t get to write History. Still, it is a story everyone needs to come to grips with because, unknowingly, by perpetuating the worship of Abraham’s Lord, it is the oppressor’s memory we continue to celebrate.
Ironically, it is the Sodomite’s cry for freedom, which continues to resonate in the scriptures thousands of years later, that enables us to reconstruct the story behind the myth today.
This non-fiction comic explores the possibility that Abraham existed and made an earthly covenant with a Mesopotamian ruler who sought to control the valley of Siddim, an important trade corridor between Egypt and Mesopotamia. Such a covenant would have been decisive for the descendants of Abraham. Could the worship of this lord, over time, have turned into a local cult that would have given rise to the God of Israel?
This possibility seems to have been neglected for too long.
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This historical essay takes readers back to the Bronze Age, some 3,500 years ago, at a time when men of power were viewed as living gods. Using sociology, anthropology and etymology, it asks pertinent questions and dissects the biblical Covenant to explore an innovative and thought provoking interpretation that exposes this story like never before.
What if the Covenant had been made with an overlord in order to pacify the Valley of Siddim, an important trade corridor between Egypt and Mesopotamia? What if this overlord’s memory had been celebrated and elevated to the rank of deity by Abraham’s descendants? And what if this “deity”, initially worshipped as a local god, would eventually become known as Yahweh?
This book is original because it alleges that the Abrahamic Covenant had an earthly, rather than divine origin. This eventuality has never seriously been investigated, despite the fact that ancient Canaanites (Israelites) are known for practicing the cult of the ancestors and for worshiping a pagan deity called Baal Berith (“Lord of Covenant”).
This book is significant because it rests on a wealth of textual, archeological, chronological and dendrochronological evidence. The hypothesis it develops is surprisingly coherent and complete. In addition to offering a synthesis of past dialectics, it solves the biblical chronologies and provides fresh answers to many puzzling questions.
This book is timely because it demythifies one of the key tenets of the monotheistic religions. By offering a scientific and historical perspective on the origin of the Abrahamic faith that is psychologically far more plausible than that offered by tradition, it could prove an effective tool to defuse fundamentalism and radicalization.
NOTE: Although the topic is religion, this book is NOT about faith. It will appeal first and foremost to scholars and critical thinkers interested in the fields of history, anthropology, and philosophy.