The Art of Deceit: A Review of the Presentation, “Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood?”
The Art of Deceit: A Review of the Presentation, “Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood?”
The internet presentation, "Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood?,” is a veiled attempt to discredit and dismiss the Old Testament Hebrew text, the King James Bible, standard Bible chronology, and creation science, which helps to expose the faulty theory of evolution. The strange Bible chronology the presentation puts forth is based on errors in three scarcely used and obscure critical editions: the faulty Greek Septuagint, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. These editions contradict the entire body of often used and copied Hebrew manuscripts, whose readings are now seen in the King James Bible and all other living language Bibles. The lonely presenter is sparing with the mighty millennia of history and a million-strong army of broadly accepted Hebrew, English, and worldwide Bible texts. He would have us exchange this heavenly host for a few crumbling corrupt manuscripts, now re-packaged in his intellectually void cartoons. Such is the case of many internet warriors, stationed in their mother’s basements. Their only allies are internet-addicted, deer-like Christians, frozen in front of the ‘heady, highminded’ high beam headlights of their computers.
Sadly today, drawing imaginary elements and connecting lines on paper to fictionalize the history of the Biblical text has replaced word-for-word laborious manuscript collation. Just as was evidenced during Old Testament times, “images” have replaced faith in God’s promise to preserve his word “to every generation” and “to all nations.”
The presentation seeks to re-write the chronology of the Holy Bible as seen in the Hebrew text and accepted by Christians and students of the word of God for ages. It gives no evidence, but draws charts which pretend that the “original Hebrew” is not any Hebrew text anyone has ever seen or used. The presentation recreates its own “original Hebrew” by digging up Greek and Samaritan editions and pretending that they represent “the” “original Hebrew”. No missing links are ever given, just digital sleight of hand.
The Hebrew Old Testament
The presenter begins with a bald error regarding the source for the Hebrew text underlying the King James Bible. His graphic wrongly shows the KJB as coming from the Leningrad Codex. Referring to that Codex, the presenter says, “All of our Bibles are translated from this corrupted copy of the Hebrew...”. In fact, only modern versions use the Leningrad text, which is the foundation of their underlying corrupt Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. The King James Bible never used the Leningrad Codex, which was initially accessed for Biblical criticism in 1937, over 300 years after the KJB was written.
Of the Hebrew Old Testament text, Romans 3:2 says, “unto them were committed the oracles of God.” The Hebrews, not the Greeks or Samaritans, were charged with preserving the Old Testament Hebrew text. The Jews have never accepted either the 1.) Greek Septuagint or 2.) the Samaritan Pentateuch. The internet presentation “Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood”
bases its entire thesis and chronology on these two wobbly and corrupt documents, which even secular scholars dismiss as highly corrupted. To pretend that these two untrustworthy texts represent an old text, the presentation misrepresents the age, date, and origin of these two editions, pretending that scholars actually have BC (before Christ) documents on which these editions are based. Both critical editions of these two texts are not old at all. These foreign language editions are certainly not closer to “the Original Hebrew” than the historic Hebrew text itself.
His Three Blind Mice: The Samaritan Pentateuch, the Septuagint, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
The presentation fails miserably as the thee texts used to defend its imaginary chronology crash to the ground.
1. The Samaritan Pentateuch
The few available exemplars of the bulk of the Samaritan Pentateuch (SP) are recent, dating around 1227-1232 A.D., which is just hundreds of years ago. These texts are thousands of years removed from the “Original Hebrew.”
Furthermore, the SP has no diacritical marks, such as vowel points. This allows Bible critics to interpret its readings with imaginary nonsense. For example, in Exod. 4:24-26, it is read as saying Zipporah cut her own heart, instead of cutting “off the foreskin of her son.” Interpretation is a free-for-all with the Samaritan Pentateuch. Do the letters ctctthct mean the “cat cut the cot” or the “cot cut the cat”? Did the “dog dig” or was the “dog dug” up? “Ye shall be as gods…” knowing which interpretation is “good” and which is “evil.”
God gave the Pentateuch orally to Moses, meaning it contained the vowel sounds. A Dissertation Concerning the Antiquity of the Language, Letters, Vowel Points, and Accents, written by John Gill in 1767, proves that a document, like the Samaritan Pentateuch, which contains no vowel points, is not the preserved word of God (available on CD-ROM from http://www.avpublications.com).
2. The Septuagint
The manuscripts from which the extant editions of a so-called Septuagint are compiled are all A.D. documents, created hundreds of years after Christ. Alexandrinus, a 5th century A.D. Greek document, is the one most generally used to compile a ‘Septuagint’, with additions from Vaticanus and Sinaiticus, both 3rd century A.D. documents. The tiny number of extant Greek O.T. scraps which pre-date the time of Christ are inconsequential to the debate at hand. Online documents of the Septuagint do not contain the Prologue, seen in hardback copies, which admits that the text in hand and in use for textual criticism, was taken from the aforementioned A.D., not B.C., documents. How can foreign language texts, written hundreds of years after the time of Christ, be closer to the originals, in time and text, than the Hebrew Old Testament text itself?
The Septuagint contains apocryphal books, such as Tobit, The Prayer of Manasses, Baruch, and Second Esdras. Jesus never quoted the Apocrypha and the Jews and Christian believers have never accepted it. The fable of its origin states that it was written under the orders of the king of Egypt around 240 B.C. by 72 Jews. The word Septuagint, however, means 70, not 72. The fable states that six Jews from each of the twelve tribes wrote it (6 x 12 = 72). How did the presenter miss this, when he was throwing numbers on the screen, like confetti on New Year’s Day. However, only the tribe of Levi was permitted by God to write the scriptures (1 Chron 16:4). Any Jew living in or returning to Egypt was in direct disobedience to God’s command in Deuteronomy 17:16, which says, “But he shall not...cause the people to return to Egypt forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.”
Secular scholars admit that the edition of the Septuagint used today was taken from Origen’s Hexapla, the heretic who denied the physical resurrection of Christ, the second coming, and the reality of hell. He believed, as Mormons do, that the soul is preexistent and that Jesus took on some preexistent human soul. Heretics like him were never charged with preserving the word of God for true believers.
The presenter wrongly asserts that Paul and Jesus side with the Greek Septuagint. This would only appear to be the case when comparing the Septuagint to a corrupt new version, not the King James Bible. New versions follow the corrupt Alexandrinus, Vaticanus, and Sinaiticus texts for both their Old and New Testaments. Origen of Alexandria (c. 184 – 253 A.D.) was the originator of these readings; he made sure that his corrupt Greek Old Testament matched his corrupt Greek New Testament. Therefore, new versions have Jesus and Paul parroting the errors in their corrupt Old Testament .
As the progenitor of the text in corrupt new Bibles, Origen emasculated himself, just as the ESV and most new versions suggest. In the ESV, Gal 5:12 wrongly says, “I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!” instead of the KJB’s, “I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”
The book New Age Bible Versions documents all of the aforementioned and gives an exhaustive history of Origen and his so-called Septuagint, demonstrating its corruption, as well as detailing his heresies (New Age Bible Versions, G.A. Riplinger, (Ararat, VA: AV Publications, 1993, 2018), Chapter 38, pp. 537-544, 525-537).
3. Dead Sea Scrolls
In John 6:63 Jesus said “the words that I speak unto you…they are life.” Conversely, the ‘Dead’ Sea Scroll discovery, which unearthed the library of the Essene cult, was equivalent to finding the library of a “deviant” “sect,” such as the Jehovah Witnesses. It contained a mix of many bad things and a few good things. Furthermore, just as there is no currently printed edition of “the” original Greek or Hebrew, there is no printed edition of “the” Dead Sea scrolls. All printed editions are “critical,” in the sense that ‘scholars’ create their own “patchwork”, picking and choosing readings from numerous conflicting texts and fragments.
The Prologue of The Dead Sea Scroll Bible admits their bizarre method for placing a reading in their ragged “patchwork.” They include only unusual readings which are not seen in either other Dead Sea Scroll texts or other Hebrew editions. The editors state they only include readings “When the translation of a passage in the scrolls differs from the traditional biblical text (the Masoretic Text) or from any other Dead Sea Scroll…”. They continue, admitting, “In order to emphasize the distinctive readings found in some scrolls, the editors have presented these variant readings in the main translation as far as possible…” [emphasis mine]. The result is that novices, such as the author of “Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood?” assume and wrongly states that “the” scrolls disagree with the Hebrew text. In truth, the readings in the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible may disagree with all of the other Dead Sea Scrolls, which in turn may agree with the Hebrew Bible and the KJB. How many people actually read the preface to see that they are not reading “the” Dead Sea scrolls, but a collection of admittedly aberrant readings, which disagree with the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls and/or the historical Hebrew text. So, when the presenter says that “the” Dead Sea Scrolls disagree with the Hebrew text, he reveals that he does not understand how a critical edition is composed, particularly the odd way the critical edition of The Dead Sea Scroll Bible was compiled (The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible, Martin Abegg, Jr., Peter Flint, and Eugene Ulrich, (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999), pp. xv, xvi, xviii, et. al).
The author of “Were the Pyramids Built Before the Flood?” uses aberrant editions to prove that the Hebrew Bible and the KJB are wrong in their stated chronology. When his editions are shown to be fraudulent, his numbers game and his entire chronology crashes to the ground.
The unstated goal of the presentation is to leave a Christian doubting the Holy Bible and abandoning a Hebrew Bible, used for millennia, and an English Bible used for over 400 years by millions. Without a source of absolute authority, Christians become subservient to a ‘scholar’ or a ‘priest/pope’ to determine the truth. And so it has been since the first outside source said, “Yea, hath God said...?”. Outside sources still sounds out, ever so subtly, under the same tree of ‘knowledge’. Today’s click ‘bait’ comes wrapped like a mummy in the same mysterious Egyptian pyramids.
Would God give the world billions of Holy Bibles, readable by humble ‘babes’ or would he hide his holy words in a handful of scarcely available scraps for the “wise and prudent” to squabble over. Jesus makes the answer clear:
“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” Matthew 11:25
September 2018 http://www.avpublications.com