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The Moses Legacy: The Evidence of History Paperback – March 7, 2003

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Graham Phillips has investigated unsolved mysteries for over fifteen years. His is the author of Robin Hood - the Man Behind the Mystery. The Search for the Grail, The Marian Conspiracy and the bestselling The Act of God.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (March 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330484087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330484084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
You must read Phillips' earlier book "Act of God" before you read this book. In the first book, Phillips explained how all the 'miracles' as experienced by Moses and the Hebrews (eg parting of the Sea of Reed) could be explained by the volcanic eruption of Thera.
In this book, Phillips traced the origin of Moses. Although his conclusions were slightly different from his earlier book, the whole theory seemed to be self consistent and did not actually contradict the first book.
In the search for the Mountain of God and the Hebrew God, Phillips came to a "frightening" conclusion that the burning bush as witnessed and interpreted by Moses to be God Himself was actually a hallucination resulting from eating the thorn apple. This is frightening because it seems to suggest that the entire western faith was based on the hallucination of one man three thousand five hundred years ago!
Anyway, one may not agree totally with Phillips' conclusions, one should at least praise him for his self-consistency and bold suggestions.
It is a good read - keep an extremely open mind!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Van Der Sluijs on April 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Like many other books in this genre, Phillips' 'The Moses legacy' is very poorly researched. References are missing at crucial points in the text. Phillips doesn't check commentaries or compare translations, is not 'au courant' with modern Biblical scholarship, and has no control over the field he is writing on. Just a small selection of the welter of factual errors found in this book:

(1) p. 21: 'Acts of the Apostles' compiled anonymously: it was compiled under the name of Luke, whether true or not;

(2) p. 23: 'The present Old Testament comes from a Greek translation known as the Septuagint ...': makes no sense. The present Old Testament is the traditional Jewish Tenach.

(3) p. 37: consistently spelled 'Esarhaddron' instead of 'Esarhaddon'.

(4) p. 69: Jacob moved to Egypt 470 years before the conquest of Jericho: what is the source?

(5) p. 107: Greek rendition of 'Moses' is 'Mosis': nonsense, it is 'Mousis' or 'Moysis'.

(6) p. 110: 'an Egyptian prince could order a common slave driver executed on the spot if he so desired.': source?

(7) p. 114: monotheism was exclusively invented in Atenism and Judaism. This is not true. Many ancient civilisations developed philosophies akin to monotheism. The ancient Egyptians repeatedly declared that all gods are really one. Simpo Parpola has recently argued that the Assyrians attained monotheism in the Neo-Babylonian period. World mythology offers countless instances.

(8) p. 114 and elsewhere: 'Yahweh' means 'the lord'. It does not. The name was derived from the root 'hyh'/'hwh', 'to be', but its exact meaning remains obscure.

(9) p. 115: 'Elyon' was a form of the name 'El'/'Elohim': It is not.
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