JONES Versus GENESIS: yellow door red door

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Boutwell Janet Jul 30 2022 · 2 min read
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The focus of this sixth chapter is the spread of people around the world, Jewish people in particular.

Jones begins with the exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt, around about 1400 BC, claiming that there is 'no evidence' that Biblical events such as the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea ever took place. Just what does he expect - photos and videos? Instead, we have eye-witness accounts that have been meticulously preserved. He also claims that some of the places mentioned were not inhabited at the time. Evidently, his faith in archaeology matches that in evolution.

yellow door red door, when discussing the removal of the Canaanites from the Promised Land, he claims that some of the cities mentioned did not even exist at the time. In fact, he then claims, the whole history of the book of Exodus is 'disputed' and that it 'appears to be an edited version of earlier documents.'

Although Jones is a high priest of evolution, he is sounding like a typical theologian, reminding me of the time I mentioned Solomon's book of Proverbs to a scholar. His immediate reply was: 'Oh, Solomon did not write the book of Proverbs. It was all copied from the Egyptians!' Although I have no doubt that some of the proverbs came from Egypt, where his ancestor Joseph was once a wise leader, it was Solomon who collected and edited the wise sayings, as he actually says, then added some of his own. Scholars seem intent on undermining the word of God, no doubt in the interest of their careers.

Although Jones comments that the Israelites carried out God's instructions to destroy the Canaanites 'to the letter', he omits to explain why. A quick read of Leviticus 20 will reveal the answer, and why those nations were 'Abhorrent' to God (notice particularly verse 23). The same kind of debased behaviour, such as ritual sacrifice of infants to evil gods, was also prevalent amongst the tribes of South America when the Spanish conquistadors arrived, as Jones mentions later.

The Two Kingdoms of Israel

Jones' scepticism of all things Biblical is continually evident - as, for example, when he comments concrete evidence about the origin of the Jews is 'fragmentary at best.' He moves on to describe how the Kingdom of Israel, the twelve tribes, split into the northern and southern kingdoms after David and Solomon were 'said to have reigned in Jerusalem'.

He goes on to tell how Israel, the northern kingdom, ten of the twelve tribes, was conquered by Assyria in 722 BC and its people deported and scattered. Then also, a couple of hundred years later, in 585 BC, the southern kingdom of Judah with Benjamin based at Jerusalem was taken captive by Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar.

The Lost 10 Tribes

Although Jones explains that the Jews were set free in 539 BC when Persia came to power and allowed to return to their homeland, he omits to mention that the Israelites did not return, hence the famous 'Lost 10 Tribes'. Despite the focus on the Jews, especially with the events of World War 2 and the present problems in the Middle East, the 'Jews' constituted only of only two of the twelve tribes. What happened to the other ten?

A Google search using the terms 'Anglo-Israel' and 'British Israelism' will show that some people believe that the lost tribes are in fact the modern-day nations of north-west Europe and the USA - with Britain identified with the tribe of Ephraim. Although this belief barely survives now, I understand that a century and a half ago, the majority of British Christian ministers accepted the teaching.

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