> There is no evidence for Hebrews being enslaved in
> However, there is plenty of evidence for their
> captivity in Babylonia.
> During the Babylonian Captivity, rabbis were put
> to work in libraries.
> Afterwards, we get the flood myth, among others.
Agreed Harte, the post captivity argument creates a better timeline between the Babylonian myth and the Hebrew culture and writings though Hebrew tradition palaces the genesis of the Torah as prior to the captivity and authored by Moses.
Given Abraham, the Bible tells us, lived in the Sumerian (then Akkadian) city of Ur, meaning he himself was Mesopotamian, it should be no mystery then when Abraham left Ur he took his Mesopotamian cultural heritage with him to be told and retold becoming eventually, like all the rest, yet another culturally unique version derived from the Sumerian original. But even more likely, the Hebrew account of the Flood was derived long after Abraham from much later sources, like Babylon or Assyria, who had copied the earlier Sumerian tale themselves several hundred years before the first books of the Bible were ever written-before Abraham had even been born.
Upon review I now see that Thanos allows for the argument of an influence other than through Abraham and so perhaps I am forcing him to defend an argument that he does not strongly support. While I was initially confused as to why he mentions Abraham in the seconds sentence (-before Abraham had even been born) I now suspect he is likely just conflating Abraham with Israel to maintain his train of thought.
Regardless my intent was to point out that the correlation between Abraham’s birthplace and the flood story is tenuous and I hope Thanos understands that my criticism was meant to be constructive and not disruptive.
Again I want to acknowledge that I am aware that this is but a portion of a larger work in which this subject is extraneous and that I am grateful that he was willing to offer up his research to resolve the unfounded assertion that the Tower of Babel was built in a low lying valley.