April 13th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
Re: Jesus and history...
(1) No-one now thinks the dead sea scrolls were connected to Jesus ("Dead Sea Scrolls
" by Stephen Hodge, 2001)
They were not fakes, but, none of the religious texts were originals either; they were all copies. Some bookkeeping documents (such as lists) were originals.
(2) The 12 disciples are mythical - various pagan god-men had 12 disciples because it represents the 12 signs of the zodiac ("Jesus Mysteries
" by Freke & Gandy [Book Review]
). The oldest manuscripts we have were not written by the disciples, they are all pseudipigraphical. The earliest Christian writings we have that mention Jesus are those of St. Paul ("Lost Christianities
" by Bart Ehrman). No-other writer mentions Jesus for quite some time.
(3) It is ridiculous you think there was a worldwide flood - archaeologists, geologists, biologists and historians all believe that multiple-layered soil is caused by weather and tectonic shifts; we have masses of evidence to that effect, tied in with our knowledge of earthquakes and volcanoes. There are different accounts of *floods* such as Gilgamesh, but if there had been a worldwide flood there would be masses of evidence; including the fact that genetic stock and 99.9% of all life would have all been wiped out. It wasn't.
Try these from TalkOrigins.org, they are perfect for people like you:http://www.talkorigins.org/origins/faqs-flood.html
- Flood Geology
- The Flood & Noah's ark.http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/flood-myths.html
- Flood stories from around the world.