For full disclosure: by "asses" I don't mean "Hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse".
The headline of this post was shortened from a longer one in the Guardian: The Old Testament's made-up camels are a problem for Zionism.
The article in question has to do with a study carried out in Israel:
Although camels are mentioned over 20 times in the Bible, the patriarchs apparently didn't have much to do with them, according to a new archaeological study that calls the historicity of the Bible into question.So there. Apparently (if you listen to the Guardian's contributor, one Andrew Brown, this study destroys the whole edifice of Zionism.
"Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels," (Genesis 31:17) is just one of several instances where domesticated camels are used in the stories of Abraham, Joseph and Jacob. However, archeologists Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef and Dr. Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University have found that camels weren't domesticated in the Land of Israel until centuries after the patriarchs lived, providing direct proof that the Bible was compiled well after the events it describes.
The history recounted in the Bible is a huge part of the mythology of modern Zionism. The idea of a promised land is based on narratives that assert with complete confidence stories that never actually happened.Should I sprinkle some ashes on my head (it may help with the somewhat diminished hair growth there at the same time, possibly)? Nah, after all this blogger is bound by Article 8 of The Simply Jews Charter, so no cigar to Mr Brown for this one.
OK, enough about asses. Bye.
Hat Tip: Adam Holland.
Update: another angle of the same subject by Adam Levick.