According to the pentateuch, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) created first the Hebrews’ ancestors, Adam and Eve. From them, the earth was populated. The tradition goes even farther. It says that, later, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) destroyed all mankind, except one family, Noah’s, and from them, the earth was repopulated. But even though the Hebrew people were the first to be created, they were the last to get to the promised land. By the time they got there, the Hittites, the Philistines, the Canaanites, etc. had thrived there.
How was that possible? I know the Hebrew were “delayed” by the Egyptians for 430 years, but the Hittites, the Philistines, the Canaanites, etc. had been there even longer.
The children of Israel were not only late; they had to shed their blood and the blood of those who inhabited there.
Those two facts I cannot understand. Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) created the ancestors of the Hebrews first, Adam and Eve; however, Abraham, the founding father of Israel got last to the “promised land”. How could the first people on earth be last to get to the piece of land their creator “saved” for them? It just does not make sense.
Now let us talk about the “promised land”. It is very suspicious to me that Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) had chosen the land between Egypt and Babylon for his people. That area was and still is arid; so barren it was that as soon as Abram arrived there, famine stroke. Two generations later, Jacob and his family had to migrate from the land because of the same reason. There were much better regions in the world: the Nile Delta, the Ganges Delta, California, France, etc. to choose from. Yet, god chose the least ideal piece of land.
The fact of the matter is, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) did not choose the land for his children. It was Moses who did. He knew Egypt could not be defeated, but the Canaanites could be. That was why he told the Hebrew Canaan was the “promised land”. Egypt was a much better piece of land (after all, that was the nation Abram and Jacob migrated to when they faced starvation) but it was impossible to capture. Their chances were much better in Canaan.
The Levites wrote that god gave them the land between Egypt and Babylon:
15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
Just because that was the land King Solomon could conquer. The limits would have been different if he had conquered more or less territory.
The other thing I cannot understand is the bloodshed to get the “promised land”. Did god not tell Abram, “Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates?” If the land had been given to them by their creator, why did they have to fight for it? What kind of gift is that? It would be as though someone told you, “I’ll give you a Ferrari. Go to the dealer’s lot; kill the security guard and the manager; get the key and take it home; it’s yours to keep.” That is not a present. So, do not tell me that god gave the Hebrew the land. They conquered it!
The Hebrew people were neither the first, nor they were given anything. Everything they got was paid up with their blood.
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