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This is a situation in which inadequate understanding of terminology causes confusion. In the referenced text, the Jews are called Adam, and the Gentiles are not called Adam. The Gentiles are the non-Jews. Adam literally translates to "Man" (hence its appearance in DevSolar's answer). So the people who claim that it supports considering the non-Jews to be ...


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It seems what Bin Laden was referring to is the so-called Franklin’s Prophecy. The US embassy also makes this connection: Osama bin Laden referred to Pelley’s “Franklin Prophecy” forgery in his 2002 “Letter to the American People,” in which he complained about supposed Jewish power in America, stating that this is “precisely what Benjamin Franklin warned ...


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No. To knock the argument down quickly: the generally accepted age of the universe, according to modern cosmology (using the ΛCDM model) is 13.75 +/- 0.11 billion years. This doesn't match the 15.75 billion years claimed. (Not sure what happened to the 7th day? Presumably that is another 125 million years that has been forgotten about?) For further reading:...


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There seem to be two claims here. One is that there are no counterexamples of other cultures with a national tradition of a national divine revelation or miracle. The other is an implicit claim that Judaism itself does have such a tradition. Claim that Judaism has an unbroken national revelation tradition In terms of whether Judaism itself has such an ...


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So, the JewishHistory.org website touts the hygiene of the ghettos in this way: The sanitary conditions in the Jewish neighborhood, primitive as it may be by today’s standards, was [sic] always far superior to the general sanitary conditions. However, when I started digging into the citations given by Anna Foa for her claim, I soon bumped into this: ...


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Wiktionary support, verb: To back a cause, party, etc., mentally or with concrete aid. To help, particularly financially. Although there is evidence that Hitler agreed to (perhaps initiated) a framework for resettling Jews to Palestine, this does not imply he backed the Zionist cause in the political meaning of support. The Haavara Agreement was a ...


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Maimonidies (12th Century) puts it at 29.530594. His source is the Talmud (Bavli RH 25a) (~7th century quoting a rabbi from the 2nd century). (For the curious the precise number given is 29 days, 12 hours, and 793/1080 of an hour.) However, lunar cycles can be calculated pretty accurately even in ancient times by counting between total solar eclipses. ...


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The comments on this question have correctly pointed out that it is possibly unanswerable because of the variety of meanings attributed to the word "Judaism." The question, as well as the encyclopedia sources it cites, seems to equate Judaism with the monotheistic worship of the Jewish people. When the Jews became monotheistic believers in "Judaism" is up ...


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Eve having Sex with the serpent This is also called the serpent seed theory. The idea is that the arch angel Samael was the serpent and used that form to have sex with Eve, which then resulted in the birth of Cain. As for the reasoning for the claim, see for example this article by Howard Schwartz: This myth is a response to the enigmatic verse in ...


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Jewish students are overrepresented in Harvard compared to the percentage of Jews in the US total population, but the graph shown misleading and is based on wrong numbers. The Graph is Misleading Instead of showing the representation of different ethnicities compared to their percentage in the general population, which is what we are accustomed to see, we ...


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The argument is ad hoc. The core of the argument seems to be along the lines that the "speed" of time has changed. Dr. Schroeder claims that after the Big Bang, time went about a trillion times faster. What's exciting about the last few years in cosmology is we now have quantified the data to know the relationship of the "view of time" from the beginning,...


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Yes, this seems to be right. I found this report which states worldwide Jewish population to be estimated at about 13,8 million in 2013. At the latest LDS General Conference (April 2015), the statistical report stated 15,3 million members at the end of 2014. Note that as I said in the comments, we are comparing apples to oranges here. Jewish population ...


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I like the other answers, but I like the question so I wanted to give a more complete and thorough answer. I'd have to say, though I much prefer religious folk contorting their holy books to match science rather than trying to contort science to match their holy books. So firstly, as Oddthinking points out in his answer, the age of the universe is not some ...


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The measurement of the mean lunar month as 29 days, 12 hours, and 793/1080 of an hour is (in this notation) first found in Treatise on the Computation of the Chronology of the Jews and their Festivals by the Muslim astronomer al-Khwarizmi in the 9th century, then by the Muslim al-Biruni in the 10th/11th century, then by the Jewish scholar Bar Hiyya in the ...


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Well, there's the death and ascension of Romulus, founder of Rome. Apparently, "Romulus mysteriously disappeared in a storm or whirlwind, during or shortly after offering public sacrifice at or near the Quirinal Hill." According to Livy, "Then a few voices began to proclaim Romulus's divinity; the cry was taken up, and at last every man present hailed him ...


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In chapter 114b of Baba Metzi'a (page 404 of the linked PDF), I find these lines in the first paragraph to be closest to the claim: The graves of Gentiles do not defile, for it is written, And ye my flock, the flock of my pastures, are men; only ye are designated ‘men’. I cannot say what other translations make of these verses, and I might have overseen ...


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The source you quote makes the case for authorship in the Mosaic era (or even by Moses himself, as is the tradition), based on internal textual evidence and where there is an apparent lack of motive for forgery. This is a reasonable example of one form of evidence for dating the Bible. A more concrete archaeological example, which you can read on ...


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Compliance with rules for hygiene could not reduce mortality from plague so much - ...today it is accepted that the percentage of Jews who died in the plague was not less than the percentage of non-Jews (relative to the size of the community). Barbara Tuchman, A Far View: The 14th Century, The Hall of Devils, Dvir Publishing, Tel Aviv, 1995. But - ...


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Christianity points to its founding on the Day of Pentecost, described in Acts 2, when an entire group not only observed a miracle but each one personally participated in it. The event is commemorated as the 'Birthday of the Church.' Interestingly in this context, Christianity's founding miracle is said to have occurred during the Jewish festival of the ...


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Here's another mass apparition, which even happened on multiple occasions. In Coogee, NSW Australia, an alleged image of the virgin Mary appeared on a fence in 2003. It was only seen from the right viewpoint and if the light was just right, but hundreds of people claimed to see her, and some came to pray to her. Of course there are as yet no people ...


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Are there any conclusive facts to determine who were the first to believe in monotheism? There are some elements of monotheism in the Rig Vedas: Even the earlier Mandalas of Rig Veda (books 1 and 9), which contain hymns dedicated to devas, are thought to have a tendency toward monotheism.[6] Often quoted isolated pada 1.164.46 of the Rig Veda states (...


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The Maharal surely didn't use the word "recursion", which is from the 20th century (and in English, which he didn't speak). I understand Sussman's dedication as an interpretation of the Maharal's writings, describing them using modern terms. is this a correct interpretation of Maharal's writing on the statement? This is a question of Jewish philosophy, not ...


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The article seems real, but mentions influence, not control. There seems to be a bit of a mix up about who said what: An article published in the Israeli newspaper Maariv in 1994, authored by Israeli reporter Avinoam Bar-Yosef. Highlights and commentary by Anti-Zionist Jewish activist Israel Shahak, published on the antisemitic web site www.islam-radio.net....


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TL;DR - the claim is false, partly a phrase taken (slightly) out of context (the first part) and partly a complete fabrication (the second part). I've heard this claim before, and got intrigued, luckily, I can read Hebrew: The text can be found here: https://he.wikisource.org/wiki/%D7%91%D7%91%D7%90_%D7%9E%D7%A6%D7%99%D7%A2%D7%90_%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%93_%D7%91 ...


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One of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, Michael D. Coogan, dates the archeological evidence for the events described in the Old Testament at ca. 3300-1200 BCE.1 The first five books of the bible contain texts that are dated, at the outer bounds, to 922-722 BCE, this according to Richard Elliott Friedman, another prominent scholar of the ...


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I have always read and been told Zoroastrianism was the first monotheistic religion. Here's an extract from its Wikipedia entry, but there is some good stuff on youtube as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroastrianism Zoroastrianism arose in the eastern region of the ancient Persian Empire, when the religious philosopher Zoroaster simplified the ...


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It is written in the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah p.25), which is dated 200-500 CE, and attributed of Gamlial (a Jewish leader early in the first century CE), who claimed to have learnt it from his grandparents. Here is an English Translation of the passage: Our Rabbis taught: Once the heavens were covered with clouds and the likeness of the moon was seen on ...


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