OT series takeaways - so far

Richard Stanley

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In re-reading Ellis' Cleopatra to Christ I came upon a Strabo quote (page 90) that I had forgotten. It has to do with the true origins of the Jews, which we have been recently discussing on other threads as being a 'cultural construct' rather than an ethnicity.

This region lies towards the north, and it is inhabited ... by mixed stockes of people from Egyptian and Arabian and Phoenician tribes ... But though the inhabitants are mixed up thus, the most prevalent of the accredited reports in regard to the Temple of Jerusalem, represents the ancestors of the present Judeans as Egyptians. (Strabo's Geography, book 16 2:34)​

Also in this chapter 5, Ellis discusses derivations for numerous Biblical Judaic names, and for here he brings up the frequent use of Yah in names, because it obviously relates to Yahweh. Tracing back to Egypt, as is the theme in Ellis' books, Yah (or Iah) is a lesser known Egyptian Moon god.

Iah ( Egyptian: jˁḥ, Coptic ⲟⲟϩ) is a lunar deity in ancient Egyptian religion. The word jˁḥ simply means "moon". It is also transliterated as Yah, Yah(w), Jah, Jah(w), Joh or Aah[2]
Worship
By the New Kingdom (16th century to 11th century BC) he was less prominent than other gods with lunar connections, Thoth and Khonsu. As a result of the functional connection between them he could be identified with either of those deities.
He was sometimes considered an adult form of Khonsu and was increasingly absorbed by him. Iah continued to appear in amulets and occasional other representations, similar to Khonsu in appearance, with the same lunar symbols on his head and occasionally the same tight garments. He differed in usually wearing a full wig instead of a child's sidelock, and sometimes the Atef topped by another symbol.[3] As time went on, Iah also became Iah-Djehuty, meaning "god of the new moon".[4] In this role, he assumed the lunar aspect of Thoth (also known as Djehuty), who was the god of knowledge, writing and calculation. The segments of the moon were also used as fractional symbols in writing.[5]
Iah was also assimilated with Osiris, god of the dead, perhaps because, in its monthly cycle, the moon appears to renew itself.
One queen was named Iah.

This is consonant with the Sabbah brother's revelation in Secrets of the Exodus that the personal priesthood of Amenhotep III's were the Yahud.

Iah, being a Moon god, also corresponds with Judaism using a lunar calendar. And that Thoth is also a Moon god makes the name Tuth-moses link to Moses that much better.

Amenhotep III is the pharaoh who started a conflict with the Amun priesthood, so we are reflecting a Lunar to Solar dialectic here. Later, son Akhenaten establishes the Aten cult which supercedes Amun and all the other gods. Of course, the Aten is seen as a solar deity. Thus we have some contrived tensions, the resolution of which is exiled (elite) Egyptians eventually ending up conquering a Canaan which has been destabilized by the collapse of the Late Bronze Age 'world order'.

After going through a transitional 'Judge' phase, a new Judaic/Israelite kingship arises in old Canaan, yet as Ellis has demonstrated, even this was the hidden hand of Egyptian pharaohs. This process is the modus operandi that was used with Rome, then greater Europe, the USA, and now we are having our own Samson moment. The script from scripture.
 
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