Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Earliest Semitic Text: Magic Spell Used by Egyptians to Fight Snakes

Very weird. The earliest evidence for a Semitic language is a protective spell used by Egyptians to protect royal mummies. Because some snakes were believed to speak Canaanite, Egyptians of the Old Kingdom (2400 - 3000 BC) turned to Canaanite magic.

On the flipside, the newest edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica casts doubt on the historical existence of Moses.

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