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E.L.,

the point I was trying to make concerns the historicity of Moses, ie., whether he was a real figure of history. I'm sure the Ten Commandments, from the Old Testament apply to Christians as well as Jews, and a lot of other stories from it are woven into the Christian faith, so your point?.......
It doesn't matter the Christians didn't write them, they adopted them..... clearly. Moses' wife in Numbers 12:1 gives the link between the Biblical account of Moses' life, and the traditions of Artapanus, Josephus and Manetho, which, I believe reinforces the historical reality of Moses. Besides this valuable link the Bible provides to the story of Moses told extra-Biblically, it also represents a moral point about how we should treat our fellow humans, one which has been consistently ignored and suppressed throughout Christian teachings. It's also a fundamental 180 degree turn-around from the Genesis version of race relations, where it's stated that Canaan's(son of Ham) descendants(black people) should be perpetual servants to the rest of mankind:
"The Curse of Ham (also called the curse of Canaan) refers to a story in the Book of Genesis 9:20-27 in which Ham's father Noah places a curse upon Ham's son Canaan, after Ham "saw the nakedness of his father," because of Noah's drunkenness in the tent, "and told his two brethren without".

Some Biblical scholars see the story as an early Hebrew rationalization for Israel's conquest and enslavement of the Canaanites, who were presumed to descend from Canaan.[1]

The "curse of Ham" interpretation of Noah's curse has been used by some members of Abrahamic religions to justify racism and the enslavement of people of Black African ancestry, who were believed to be descendants of Ham.[2][3] They were often called Hamites and were believed to have descended through Canaan or his older brothers. Proponents of slavery in the United States increasingly invoked the "curse of Ham" in the US during the 19th century, as a response to the growing abolitionist movement.[4]"
(from Wikipedia).
Christians apparently didn't have any trouble applying the Old Testament scripture to bolster their racist beliefs, even though the God of Moses clearly rejects this view, as also the conquering Israelites used the
curse of Noah for their purposes as well.
Cheers, Rick

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