Bible History and Real History
Religion and History
6,000-Year History of the World
African history should be of vital importance in modern society.
History, the discipline that studies the chronological record of events (as affecting a nation or people), based on a critical examination of source materials and usually presenting an explanation of their causes.
All historical facts come to us as a result of interpretative choices by ‘historians’ influenced by the standards of their age.
Who is to say how things really were?
Since none of us was there when these historical events took place, how do we know that the written accounts are credible and reliable? The answer is, in this phrase, “a critical examination of source materials.” In other words, we cannot accept them just because someone categorizes them as infallible. It behooves us to verify the source first.
African history has been relegated to the trash dump of European, Jewish, and Arabic history, and as of no consequence in human history. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have buried African history based on accounts in their religious texts.
For example, the Tanakh (OT) of Judaism claims that the first man on earth was created in Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, in a Garden of Eden only 6,000 years ago.
How did Bible theologians arrive at that period since it not explicitly written anywhere in the Bible? The following are excerpts from an article titled “THE ELEMENTS OF CHRONOLOGY” from the website: http://www.biblechronologytimeline.com/
Different Interpretations of Chronology in the Bible
This means the historians or Bible scholars bring to bear on the subject their point of view to interpret the “scarce” information in the Bible. All the material that could help to arrive at reliable conclusions has accumulated over a long period, and it is continually changing. We can accept this about events of ordinary humans but not about ‘history’ that supposedly was given by God or inspired by an infallible god. That information should not be subject to interpretation by men and should not be revealed over a long time.
Starting Date of Bible Chronology
The above paragraph suggests that there is no exact date of creation, and the dates given in the different books – Masoretic and Septuagint – version vary by 1,000 years. But if the Bible is the ‘inspired’ word of God, why is there such a wide margin of error. Did God inspire the writing of two separate books that claim to be His word and yet differ so much inaccuracy? The two books cannot be correct and inspired. It is conceivable that only one is correct. Or both are wrong. So why we must examine these two sources as to authorship and credibility.
Bishop Ussher performed an analysis of the chronology in Genesis Chapter 7 of Adam to his descendant Noah. And then other genealogy from Noah to Abraham to the Exodus to Jesus.
by adding all the ages of the significant descendants of Adam and came to 6,000 years. He determined that creation began in the year 4004 B.C.
Exact date and time of Creation
Earlier, another Clergyman and scholar who had a lot of time on his hand with nothing better to do decided that he would improve on Ussher’s calculations and determine the exact time of creation’
“Bishop James Ussher was able to use the ages of famous pre-flood personages in the Bible to estimate the number of years between creation and the flood. In 1650 CE, he published his book “Annales veteris testamenti, a prima mundi origine deducti” (“Annals of the Old Testament, deduced from the first origins of the world.”) He calculated that God had created the Earth in 4004 BCE.
Exact Time of Creation
“A decade earlier, Dr. John Lightfoot, (1602 – 1675), an Anglican clergyman, rabbinical scholar, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge had already arrived at an estimate of 4004-OCT-23 BCE, at 9 AM. (We assume that this was either Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Jerusalem time).
Unfortunately, Ussher gets most of the credit; Lightfoot’s contribution is rarely cited.
This would make the time interval between the creation of the world and a common estimate of the birth of Christ at precisely 4000 years. Some people believe that Ussher fudged the data to make it come out this neatly. This date found general acceptance among many Christians; “…his dates were inserted in the margins of the authorized version of the English Bible and were soon practically regarded as equally inspired with the sacred text itself…” – http://www.skeptically.org/oldtestament/id15.html
”In 1642, John Lightfoot published a “voluminous” calculation of the exact date for the creation of the universe: September 17, 3928 B.C. This date was reached after an analysis of the Biblical genealogies found in Genesis, Exodus, 1 and 2 Kings, and 1 and 2 Chronicles.”
But his date for the beginning of the Universe is off by some 13.7 billion years and by some 4.54 billion years for the earth.”
Modern Bible translations omit this date because it cannot be verified and it has been ridiculed in light of what we now know about the size of the universe by science.
Time Statements in Genesis
The Hebrew, Samaritan, and Septuagint Texts.—The original text of our Old Testament, except a few chapters, was written in Hebrew. The translations in use today are made almost entirely from the Masoretic text, which has been handed down by the Jews through the centuries, copied from one manuscript to another with scrupulous care. In Genesis the years of the patriarchs in the Hebrew text differ from those in the Samaritan Pentateuch, a variant form of the Hebrew text preserved by the half-Jewish, half-pagan Samaritans. Different from both of these are the figures in the Septuagint, a Greek translation begun in the 3d century B.C. in Alexandria. It gives higher figures for several patriarchs, inserts a second Cainan after Arphaxad, and shows other differences.
The totals from creation to the Flood are: Hebrew, 1,656 years; Samaritan, 1,307; Septuagint, 2,242 (or 2,262; manuscripts vary); from the Flood to Abraham: Hebrew, 352 years; Samaritan, 942; Septuagint, 1,232 (or 1,132).
Since the oldest known Masoretic manuscripts of the Pentateuch are late copies, more than 1,000 years away from the originals, some scholars have thought that the figures’ for the patriarchs had become changed since the time when the Septuagint translation was made. But the age of a manuscript is not the sole deciding factor. The later of any two copies may preserve the wording of a text much nearer to the unknown original than a much older manuscript copied carelessly or from an old but already corrupted text. Thus the work of the “lower” or textual critic involves determining, from various kinds of evidence, which form of the text has most likely been changed from the original.
For the ages of the patriarchs the Samaritan text is less trustworthy than the Hebrew, because we find in other places revisions of the wording to agree with their views. And the Septuagint translators, who elsewhere (as in Daniel) injected their own ideas, are thus more likely than the meticulous Hebrew copyists to present a revised form of the genealogy.”
Jesus and World History
It is of utmost importance and even imperative for Africans to subject this claim to a critical examination of the source material and how they determined this ‘truth’’ It is essential because the studies of anthropology, paleontology, Y-Chromosome, Mitochondrial DNA and African history prove otherwise. Indeed, these branches of knowledge (science) affirm conclusively that Africans were the first people to walk this earth in AFRICA not in Mesopotamia more than 400 thousand years ago as human beings like you and me and that other human-like creatures lived before us millions of years ago.
We can add that there were dinosaurs on earth 65 million years ago. The 6,000-year-old does not fit the facts of examination and critical review.
The stories in these so-called ‘Holy Books’ have distorted our history and origin of humanity.
Most people do not know the timeline of history as portrayed in the Bible. But we cannot get an accurate view of history if our timeline is off by billions of years. It is ridiculous to continue to promote it and push it on gullible church-goers. There is no evidence to support it.
To learn more about this, download the following chapters from the store (link to store page:
“We Are All Africans”
Part V – Our Common African Origin (Chap 21 – 22)
Chapter 21: We are All Africans Whether We like It or Not