I haven't asked you to barf up more rancid bites of pseudoscholarship that some "experts" have prechewed for you, such as "Most of Judaism mythology = Middle Eastern mythology that was prelevant among heathen peoples." For one thing, "most" =/= "all."
Nor is "none" as you asserted.
I haven't asserted a thing, except the facts that "most" =/= "all," and Judaism isn't an offshoot of paganism (a rather amorphous term).
The Bible says that Abraham came from the heathen? Oh, where does it say that?
Abraham's departure from Ur. We are later told that Abraham's relatives in Ur were worshipping idols(Rachel stealing the idols of he fathers). You can find Abraham's departure from Ur in the Jewish Scriptures, Christian Scriptures and Muslims Scriptures. Make your pick.
I'm from Chicago. Doesn't make me a Democrat.
Rachel and her father grew up in Harran, after Abraham departed from it.
Btw, Abraham's departure from Ur isn't in Muslim Scriptures. That would be enough to make me question your grasp of the material at hand, if it hadn't been evident before.
Yes, I'm aware of the theory of a Yahweh-Astarte pair, and the meagre evidence twisted into such a narrative. The Biblical narrative of the Hebrews falling into Canaanite paganism and assimilating the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob into it fits better.
Scholars say that most of the Tanakh was written during the Babylonian captivity to explain the Jewish condition.
And even if true, and?
The documentary hypothesis is for one thing, plural: its partisans can't agree amongst themselves on it. Since the Pentateuch/Torah doesn't say that Moses wrote it, there doesn't seem to be much point on arguing it.Then you got a problem. Because if Moses didn't write it then who did? There is little to no proof of the historicy of Moses or the existence of Israel in Egypt and the Exodus. What basis do you have for the inspiration of the Torah?
Since you haven't identified what problem I'd have, we have no basis to discuss your last question.
As for the existence of Israel, that is securely dated as a people c.1208 BChttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merneptah_Stele#.22Israel_is_laid_waste.22
As for the Exodus, go find another monument that the Egyptians erected to commemorate their defeat by anyone. The Egyptian historian Manentho does record an expulsion of foreigners who, according to him, settled in Palestine and founded Jerusalem.
Hmmmm. Who could that be?
"Some of the laws in the Torah and the stories in it are totally unappealing to intelligent ethics and values." I know that they don't appeal to the smug who think they know better, and don't want anything prove the contrary. Atheism-the opiate of the dissolute.Actually the Judeo-Christian-Islamic theology is the one who appeals to smugs and trolls who find justification of criminal, obscure acts in their religion.
Considering that the laws are primitive and cannot be universally bind as ethical and that it had many authors and editor, what makes your "torah" inspired and authoritative? Where it's her authority drawed from?
Care to put some meat on that dry bone? as opposed to vague accusation? Otherwise, we have no basis of comparison to weigh your "claims."
Since Judaism dates from the time of Christ, and their Torah warns them of the Canaanite paganism over a thousand years before that, of course paganism (some form of it at least) predates it.What Torah? Didn't you say that Moses did not write the Torah? According to the Documentary Hypothesis the Torah was compiled and finished mostly around the 6th century BCE. The Caananite religion preceded that, and all pagan religions did. Plus there were many "scrolls of the laws". On the time of King Josiah the High Priest Hilkiah "discovered" a scroll of the law they knew nothing about and that they were transgressing at that moment. As I said no proof of an Israeli migration according to archaeology. So what authority does the Torah hold then? Where does this authority come from? From her editors, redactors, etc? "How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly he made it falsely; the pen of the scribes made it a lie."(Jer 8:
"Finished mostly around the 6th century BC" (I don't go for the BCE crap). The material is actually older than that (to go into the evidence of that, perhaps we would have to wean you off the milky Kool Aid first), but we'll go with 6th century BC. That is still talking about Canaanite paganism half a millenium before the rise of Judaism.
As for the migration, none of the ancients doubted it. Herodotus, for instance, refers to them as Egyptians and the 'Syrians of Palestine', because of their practice of circumcision in the 5th century. Starting around 1200 BC, Palestinian settlements come up in the archaeological record lacking pig bones, something found in abundance earlier and in other settlements.
The archaeological record is nowhere as full and clear as you would like it to be.
You can't handle the facts of earth. How are you to deal with facts of heaven, and the authority of Scripture?
Since the New Testament predates the Talmud, how did the former's Christianity "spring forth from" the latter's Judaism?
Since the OT precedes the NT, Christianity is a sect of Judaism, as your bible says "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect" Acts 24:5
For your point to be valid, the Tanakh would have to precede the OT.
"Jew" in the above verse, btw, is the same for "Judaean," e.g. "King of the Jews."