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Before closing out this chapter, there is one more category of mythological symbolism that I think we should explore, that being myths and legends born out of the fantasizing and or spiritualizing of a tribes engrained cultural traditions, customs, and standards -
to persuade the masses that their social systems were divinely ordained hence not subject to challenge by their subjects -
All religions are man-
Let us now exemplify Intra-
God personally guides the Exodus of the Israelites
We have been taught that god, himself,intervened so as to emancipate the Hebrew people from their alleged bondage to the Egyptians, that god persecuted the Egyptians till they agreed to free the Israelites. After the Israelites were freed, it is alleged that god himself, shielded in the Pillar of a Cloud, by day;and shielded in a Pillar of Fire by night guided the Israelites through the desert wilderness in search for a new Promised Land in which they would establish their nationhood, under the aegis of their god, Yahweh, conveniently resident in the local Temple. This is a very bizarre story, and I doubt that you can form a rational picture of such an event having ever literally occurred in history. This, on the face of it, is an absurd myth, but nevertheless, in truth, this puzzling tale contains a germ of truth which is reflective of its cultural underpinnings. Our task is to expose that germ of truth from which this fanciful tale was germinated, and
utilized by the Jewish Priesthood as they composed this particular fictional episode of the alleged Hebrew exodus from Egypt.
Exodus 13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out
of the land of Egypt.
light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
The above verses are unambiguous; according to the bible the Israelites were lost in a desert that, of course, had no roads or travel signs to mark the way to wherever they were going -
According to the bible, god was their guide and god wrote or allegedly Moses wrote how he, god, managed to guide the Israelites through the wilderness. Of course we know that god did not write this fiction -
nature’s signs of direction as indicated by the natural environment. The content of this fable clearly indicates the mindset of a desert nomad, so the question that we should ask so as to ascertain the real germ of truth, is how did the nomads actually navigate the deserts and is there a possible relationship to clouds and pillars of fire that can explain this navigation. As I have noted above, our path to understanding religious fantasies can often be extrapolated from the underlying culture from which the theological fantasy has evolved, thus indicating Intra-
The greatest asset for navigating the desert wilderness as well as the open seas are the guiding cosmic lights -
It is easy to conceive the North Star itself i.e. Polaris as a Pillar of Light, but actually I suggest, and navigational history confirms, that it is the entire circumpolar region that serves as a navigational guide for those who traverse uncharted geographical regions, whether at land or sea. Take note of this quote from the book, Star Names and Their Meaning by Richard Allen, under the heading for the constellation Ursa Major wherein various historical references to this star-
deserts of Arabia, through which, according to Diodorus the Sicilian,
Travelers direct their course by the Bears, in the same manner as is done at
sea. They serve this same purpose to the Badawiyy [Bedouin] of today, as
Mrs. Sigourney describes in The Stars, writing of Polaris:
“The weary caravan with chiming bells,
Making strange music against the desert sand,
Guides by the pillar d fires its nightly march”
The biblical pillar of fires a clear reference to the constellations of the circumpolar region which the ancients have used for ascertaining their compass directions since time immemorial. Actually the seven lights (fires) of the Big Dipper were commonly referred to as Pillars of Fire as it is the most notable of the circumpolar groupings, and two of its stars , Dubhe and Merak, point directly to the North Star.
Now as regards the use of a pillar of a cloud to guide the way during the daytime -
In the above, I think that the link to Intra-
According to the Jews, the celebration of Passover was initiated in commemoration of god’s liberation of the Hebrews from bondage in Egypt. Actually Passover, by whatever name, is an old Semitic tradition that predates the advent of Judaism. The celebration could not have started to celebrate Jewish liberation from Egypt because the Jews/Hebrews were never in bondage to the Egyptians -
So the biblical verses above give recitation to the Jewish basis for commemorating the Passover festival. The gist of this fairytale as given in Exodus of the bible, is that Yahweh, the tribal god of the Hebrews, had to pressure Pharaoh into releasing the Hebrews from slavery; hence the Hebrew god sent ten plagues, in succession, upon the Egyptians. The final plague or punishment that caused Pharaoh to relent and allow the enslaved Israelites (Hebrews) to leave Egypt was the death decree to all the firstborn of Egypt; whereas the god, at the stroke of midnight, passed-
Of course, being that we are rational human beings, we realize that this is clearly a fictional tale; but what actually concerns us, or should concern us, is the mindset of the individual (or group) that had the gall to pen this blatantly farcical story as a true and historical event.
I mentioned in the previous explanation above, concerning the farcical Jewish rendition of Yahweh clothing himself in a Cloud by day and Fire by night so as to lead the Israelites through the desert wilderness, that the key to the real truth is found by focusing on the mindset of the writer of these ludicrous tales. And we have shown and proven, definitively I believe, that the writer was a Semitic Nomad who pulled upon his own culture and experiences in the formulation of these mythical stories. These stories were not just pulled out of nowhere or from baseless imagination; these stories are a modified reflection of the underlying culture, even though significantly altered and extremely fantasized. These myths are the offshoot of Intra-
According to the biblical verses that we just cited, god instructed the Hebrews to smear sacrificial blood at the entrances to their houses so as to render the home miraculously protected by the sacrificial blood of the lamb. This is the gist of it -
But when we peruse the history of the Semitic people, which includes, among others, the Phoenicians and Canaanites, as well as the Judaeans -
It was the custom of the pre-
The Semitic superstition about the sacredness and saving-
Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
The key factor of the alleged Passover miracle was the belief of the acolytes in the divine healing and protective power of the Sacrificial Blood of the Lamb. It was the blood of the lamb smeared at the house entrances that protected the inhabitants from the wrath of god -
There is a wealth of information to be gained on this subject of the protective and healing powers of blood, as believed by the Semites and others by researching the terms Taurobolium and Criobolium -
The Passover festival, under whatever name, goes back to times preceding the advent of the Hebrew religious observation which they have named Passover (Pesach). Among the nomadic Semites there was an observance every Spring that had all the trappings of the Jewish Passover. During the springtime Lambing Season of the Semites which coincided with their New Year as indicated by the crossing of the sun over the Vernal Equinox, it was the Semitic custom to daub the blood of the sacrificed lambs on their tent-
Copied below is an excerpt from Chapter Three of the recently published book by Malik Jabbar,
“The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth, Book Four, 2nd Edition”