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In this Mesopotamian basin civilization, known to us today as the Chaldean Empire, tribal alliances that predated the amalgamation into a single empire, continued to exist and flourish. The problem is that we don't really have any good archeaological evidence to support the Abraham story, and there is much archaeological evidence to contradict it. Yet another problem is Jacob's marriage with Leah and Rachel, and his relationship with his uncle, Laban, all of whom are described as being Arameans. Yet influences from the east must have been, because we have evidence of worship of their gods and goddesses.Many were allied to the palace, many opposed, all retained elements of their pre-conquest cultures. The land where Abraham supposedly settled, the southern highlands of Palestine (from Jerusalem south the the Valley of Beersheba) is very sparse in archaeological evidence from this period. And then there's the problem of the cargo carried by the camels - "gum, balm and myrrh," which were products of Arabia - and trade with Arabia didn't begin until the era of Assyrian hegemony in the region, beginning in the 8th century B. This ethnic group does not appear in the archeological record prior to 1100 B. E., and not a significant group until the 9th century B. The heiarchy of gods and goddesses who included Baal, the god of storms, who made the land fertile, and Lotan, the seven-headed dragon, known to Old Testament readers as Leviathan.She was a powerful, important, even indispensible part of the cult, mostly related to fertility.We know that she figured prominently throughout the pre-Roman period, as she appears frequently in inscriptions and on figurines prior to the Assyrian expulsion and to a lesser extent afterwards.And its very messiness is why it is a story rarely told in any completeness to Christian audiences.The overriding theme of the Bible storylines is the theme of cultural conquest.Many of the stories in that epic were eventually incorporated into the book of Genesis.Borrowed from the Epic of Gilgamesh are stories of the creation of man in a wondrous garden, the introduction of evil into a naive world, and the story of a great flood brought on by the wickedness of man, that flooded the whole world.
In any event, the highlands of northern Palestine which was home to the Kingdom of Israel has a highly variable climate.
To others still, the Bible is a self-contradictory mish-mash of arcane rules and proscriptions, mostly relevant to long-dead cultures in far away places. The reality is that it is all true to an extent, and equally nonsensical at the same time.
The Bible has meaning to all its readers, but it is important to consider that the meaning it has is informed by the prejudices the reader brings to it.
The former were known to have originated as intinerant nomads, largely on the fringes of lowland society, who may have taken refuge in the highlands, or the Shosu, a more cohesive, well-defined group.
The linguistic association of Apiru (sometimes Habiru) with the word, "Hebrew" had long, in the minds of scholars, been considered good evidence that this was the group that gave rise to the Hebrews, but we now know that the association wasn't quite that simple.