January 18th, 2023 | Season 3 | 1 hr 5 secs
history, mythology, religion, theology
Why are so many of the famous biblical characters missing from the historical record? Forty years ago, the intrepid and dogged researcher Ralph Ellis decided to find out. Does this biblical lacuna mean that both the Old and New Testaments are fictional, as many people have claimed? Or are we simply looking in the wrong locations or perhaps even the wrong eras?
The first glimmer of the truth was not hard to see, for even the 1st century Romo-Jewish historian Josephus Flavius claimed that the Israelites were the Hyksos pharaohs of Egypt. In which case the Book of Exodus may well be correct, from a historical context, but both theologians and historians were looking in the wrong era. Upon further investigation it transpired that Josephus was correct: the biblical Hyksos-Israelite Exodus was a real historical event.
From this small kernel of truth, the entire biblical epic has now been transformed from mystic mythology into a central component of real secular history. All the way from Genesis to Revelations, this simple but rational reevaluation technique became the foundation for much of Ralph’s work. Join me through a fascinating re-visioning of key Biblical events and personages.