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The interpretation of the story about Cain and Abel and the story of creation was shocking to me. I do not doubt it is very logical as it manifests the antagonism between Takers and Leavers. But then, it makes me wonder if there is a proof that Hebrews adopted the story of creation from their ancestors and that it actually originated among Semites? Maybe the fact that biblical story explains things so well is a coincidence? I am very curious to find out more about it. I looked into historical atlases but it was hard to find the map similar to that which is in Ishmael. I hope it is not the comment of a complete ignorant, but I am surprised that I have not heard this meaning of biblical stories before especially since it sounds so obvious when you hear it.
...and the response:
There is no such thing as "proof" in such matters, but there can be no doubt that the Hebrews were Semites, and it's reasonable to suppose that their earliest stories were handed down by their Semitic ancestors. The maps that were most helpful to me in developing my own theory can be found in The Penguin Atlas of Ancient History by Colin McEvedy. This is still in print, as is a revised edition (which I haven't examined).
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