Originally posted by sonhouse
Jewish/Christian creation tale is actually just a plagiarized Egyptian myth shoehorned in MUCH later.
This tale started out about 6,500 years ago......
The in comparing Genesis with the Egyptian account says
Unlike the Egyptian mythology, God existed before the creation, he was not born out as Ra
In other words the God exists outside of time and space and the physical creation which He is about to bring into existence out of nothing. I think this is what makes Genesis
unique among all cosmologies.
Why people are quick to assume that the "borrowing" could have not gone the other way around is puzzling to me. Perhaps it is because they cannot see that just because Moses wrote
something down after it had been an oral tradition.
What Moses penned could have been somewhat familiar to other ancient cultures and gone through a variety of local embellishments to accomodate for local needs. Ie. the Egyptians had a version of what earlier cultures were familiar with.
Bottom line for me is that the writing
of Genesis is not proved uninspired by God because a somewhat embellished and similar cosmology showed up elsewhere in the ancient past.
Thanks for the website though. It does not prove that the Egyptians were originators and the Hebrews were the copiers.