It is not (and cannot imaginably ever be) “established” that the stories in question originated among Semitic witnesses to the events described. Since we’re talking about societies that existed thousands of years before the invention of writing, evidence that would establish such a thing simply cannot exist. The theory that the stories originated among people with a fundamentally different worldview from ours is my own, and is based on no theory expressed in earlier writing (so I’m afraid I have no books to suggest to you).

ID: 405
posted: 10 May 1999
updated: 10 May 1999