Kamal Salibi: Scholar and teacher regarded as one of the foremost . The Bible Came from Arabia, a long and detailed linguistic exegesis in. Kamal Salibi, whose yet-to-be published book on the subject has already which he presents in his book, ”The Bible Came from Arabia. KAMAL SALIBI, The Bible Came from Arabia, English translation (London: Jonathan. Cape, ). Pp. The author provides the reader with a “key” to.

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Chaim Tadmor, a history professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, describes the theory as ”mythology and science fiction.

Kamal Salibi

Some of his books are today salii classics, notably A House of Many Mansions: Salibi himself is so convinced he is right that he arbia the flood of publicity which followed the disclosure of the book’s contents. Salibi, a Lebanese Protestant Christian, answers the charge of political motivation by pointing out that if this were the case, he would hardly have selected the heart of Arab territory for the ancient Jewish homeland. Or so claims Prof.

Rabinowitz discounts antisemitism as the impetus for the book because Salibi “was not a sworn enemy of Israel or Zionism. Get journalism built for thinkers like you.

Salibi asserts that, read in its new context, the Hebrew Bible thhe the key to ancient Near East history, and not a puzzle. Retrieved from ” https: Archaeology should provide some answers. Salibi eventually became one of the pillars of the history department, mentoring, training and supervising many students who later became authorities in their own right. Gible Bible Came from Arabia. Salibi argued that early epigraphic evidence used to vindicate the Biblical stories fro, been misread.

Get unlimited Monitor journalism. Salibi went back to the original, unvoweled text of the Hebrew Bible – he had early training in Semitic linguistics – and discovered that many passages which had previously been obscure suddenly came into sharp focus, often presenting a picture radically different from that given by the accepted translations.


Views Read Edit View history. Tudor Parfitt wrote “It is dangerous because Salibi’s ideas have all sorts of implications, not least in terms of the legitimacy of the State of Israel”. This website uses kamak to improve functionality and performance. Salibi in April As the Arabian Hebrews migrated and many resettled in Palestine where they established the Hasmonean kingdom under Simon Maccabaeus in the second century B. A Christian Science Perspective.

He set out to see what could be learned from studying the linguistic and geographic patterns of the many place-names of pre-Arabic origin which survive in western Arabia today. Not all the action in the Old Testament took place in Palestine after all. His bombshell theory, which challenges the foundations of biblical scholarship – not to mention those of the state of Israel – is backed by a mass of geographical and linguistic evidence which he presents in his book, ”The Bible Came from Binle.

He was associated as a consultant with the Druze Heritage Foundation. He says it is there, and not in Palestine, that the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam should be sought.

Already a Monitor Daily subscriber? In the southern part of Arabia there are recently-active volcanoesnear to which are, presumably, the buried remains of Sodom and Gomorrah.

In this new Israel, the Jewish peoples switched from Hebrew to Aramaic.

Salibi does not, however, dispute that by the time of Jesus, the focus of Jewish history had shifted to Palestine, nor does he deny that there was a Jewish presence of growing importance in that area in Old Testament times.

Thompson’s explanation was to discount the Bible as literal history but Salibi’s was to locate the centre of Jewish culture oamal south.

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But on that score, the book was defended by a leading German Semitic linguist, who told the Monitor bivle it is ”linguistically sound and cannot be disproven. The author of several highly regarded books on Middle East history, Salibi had just sqlibi a history of Arabia, but found himself dissatisfied by the lack of material on the early period. As Salibi expected, his ideas have caame bitterly attacked by Jewish and Israeli scholars. Ironically, it was the publication in Riyadh in of the first comprehensive Saudi Gazetteer, listing and locating thousands of place-names throughout the kingdom, that enabled Salibi to stumble on his discovery.


No serious digs have been carried out in Asir, and the Saudis are unlikely to welcome research that could prompt Zionist claims to part of their kingdom.

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The Bible Came From Arabia by Kamal Salibi • Quranite

It was this switch in language that created the confusions which led to the distortion of the immigrants’ stories. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Few of those attacking tge book have had a chance to read it, so their criticisms have largely been confined to general expressions of outrage and ridicule. Thus by Salibi’s account, the land God promised to Abraham lies between the sapibi of Misrima,” near the North Yemeni border, and the ”stream of Firat” in the southern Hijaz, not between the Nile and the Euphrates.

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