November 1, 2010

Another Blasphemous Whimsy

Suppose the Exodus story is backwards. Suppose the Hebrews got kicked out of Egypt (and were escorted/chased to the Red Sea by Egyptian cavalry). Suppose the Exodus story is a product of wounded tribal self-esteem.

(What triggered this thought is a conjecture I read long ago regarding the Iliad. In the final version of the story, Achilles stops sulking and returns to battle after Hector kills his friend Patrocles. The conjecture was that in the original story, Hector was the predominant warrior and Patrocles died when he and Achilles attacked Hector together. That account might have been insufficiently heroic for the egos of the victors...)

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