So I mentioned this book I found at the library recently. It's by an author I don't know (Charlotte Gordon) and the title is puzzling (The Woman Who Named God), but I saw it was about Abraham and the "birth of three faiths" so I thought it might be of interest. And it is! I've only read the first 62 pages out of more than 300 (OK, I lied...I have also read the end notes pertaining to the chapters I've read), but already I am enjoying it a lot!
The author gives background information on Ur, Mesopotamia and the gods worshiped in these ancient cultures. She told of the Canaanites and how, in reality, they were much more advanced than Abram and Sarai and the gang who came along with them as they went to the country where God lead them.
For instance the Canaanites "had advanced beyond the clumsy system of writing known as cuneiform, where each syllable was denoted by a different symbol, and had invented an alphabet of consonants that the Phoenicians would later modify and pass on to modernity. The Greek, Latin, Cyrillic, Coptic and Brahmic family of scripts in India and Southeast Asia all trace their origins back to the Canaanites' innovation." (pg. 37) Interesting stuff, huh?
She also describes how their cities were well-build and fortified. I guess I just never really thought of it before though I should have since even the Israelites balked at the notion of going in and taking the land flowing with milk and honey. Remember that story and how they ended up wandering in the desert for forty years because of their lack of faith in God's promise?
So why do I have a picture of Ancient Egypt here? The chapter I recently finished dealt with Abram and Sarai's traveling there. I was going to tell about it now, but this post is long enough. So I will wait. But you'll want to stay tuned. It's title is "Rape In The Palace." Provocative, eh?
By the way, how cool is it to think that by the time Abraham and Sarah went to Egypt the pyramids were already ancient relics?