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    Posted: 19 Apr 2018 at 16:24
In 1934 a manuscript describing the story of Abraham and Issac was uncovered in Egypt. It's different this time bc Abraham actually kills Issac. So again we see that modern people have crafted a narrative that serves a purpose. For some reason this version, although not the only alternate version known to scholars, was not serving the Powers that Be.
This makes me think about Cain and Able which also has a sort of ridiculous idea that Able as a Shepard would;
-Kill his sheep for God even though they obviously ate the animals, it's more like saying grace.

-If a desperate people fear they have fallen out of favor with God a human is sacrificed, often one who is valued and loved. All across the globe ancient people performed human sacrifice. Maybe God told Cain to kill Able. 
A "Qorbanot" (animal sacrifice) does not atone for deliberate sin, it means "to draw near" "to be closer to God" so the sacrifice is being made by the person dealing death. They will morn the loss of their loved one and that is the atonement.
Understanding of course that these different versions went by the wayside, makes me wonder if Issac wasn't resurrected for the narrative.

The Book of Genesis says that God stopped Abraham before he actually sacrificed his son. However in this papyrus the story is described in such a way that it sounds as if the sacrifice wasn't stopped wrote Zellmann-Rohrer noting that other texts from the ancient world also claim that the sacrifice was completed.  "The tradition of a literal sacrifice seems in fact to have been rather widespread," Zellmann-Rohrer wrote.

The papyrus was uncovered during a 1934 expedition by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the papyrus is now at the Met but had never been deciphered or detailed in a scientific journal until now.


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We tend to think that there is only one right story, and that later versions are not as authentic as earlier ones.  But, ancient authors would play around with stories for a bigger splash.  The earliest version, for Greek, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are rather innovative, later versions, poking through the Greek Tragedies at Athens, are more sensational.  Even later versions, such as Apollodorus or Hyginus, may be the most authentic, but give myths in a rather skeletal form.

What is amazing about the Abraham and Isaac story is how it breaks with past tradition.  There is a long tradition in the Middle East (Phoenicians (?)) of sacrifice of the first born.  Abraham both gets credit for being willing to sacrifice Isaac, and for not doing so.  According to tradition, however, Sarah dies of heartbreak, knowing that Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac (and he would have, except for God's intervention.  I believe also that you don't hear about Abraham together with Isaac, after the planned sacrifice at Mount Morieh.  If I was Isaac, I would stay away from dear old dad, after that too.
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