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From Sumer to Jerusalem

Jun-16-2000 at 01:25 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 09/21/2011 at 08:27 PM (UTC3 Assyria) by Atour (admin)
 
From Sumer to Jerusalem
The Forbidden Hypothesis
by John Sassoon

“What cries out from a study of Sumer is that the Hebrew/Jewish people are the cultural and probably the ethnic descendants of the Sumerians, creators of the oldest recorded civilization.

Biblical scholars will not hear of it. Traditionally the Jewish religion begins with Moses about 1150 BC, while the Jewish people are said to have begun with Abraham, perhaps 2000-1800 BC. Biblical scholars are seldom interested in what may have happened before Abraham. A century or more of modern archaeology has now revealed the very early existence of a high civilisation in the land known as Sumer at the southern end of the Tigris/Euphrates valley in modern Iraq. The tablets make it clear in considerable detail that Sumerian civilisation flourished from before 3000 BC until about the time of Abraham, c.2000-1800 BC, while the Bible tells us that Abraham was actually born and brought up in Ur, the Sumerian capital city. This Sumerian ancestry is either ignored or discounted by the scholarly establishment, presumably because it would throw unwelcome light on many revered Jewish practices as well as on the central Jewish belief in a single, universal God. But Judaism is not going to be destroyed if some practices previously considered to be entirely religious can also be explained on rational grounds, while belief in a spiritual God is strengthened by being shown to be far older than anyone had imagined.”

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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