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According to prof. John Huddleston there is no historical evidence of Abraham from The Genesis. Here is the video. He spokes about it in the first 2-3 minutes: http://youtu.be/21NoQuKTB8Q

Is that true?

  • In this past week's covenant and conversation, -- chiefrabbi.org/2013/06/17/… -- Rabbi Sacks says "A plaster inscription on the wall of a temple at Deir Alla in Jordan was found to make reference to the night vision of a seer called Bilaam – the earliest reference in archaeological sources to a named individual in the Torah. Thus, though the story itself contains elements of parable, it belongs to a definite context in time and place." – Menachem Jun 23 '13 at 1:50
  • As far as I am aware there is indeed no archaeological evidence of Avraham's life. – yitznewton Jun 23 '13 at 2:32
  • Why the downvotes? Even Double AA said that it's true and there is no historical evidence for Abraham. Except of the Genesis itself, of course. – Derfder Jun 23 '13 at 9:05
  • are you asking whether there is extra-biblical corroboration for the existence of personages mentioned in the bible? If so, why focus just on Abraham -- are you saying that there is such corroboration for other people just not Abraham? – rosends Jun 23 '13 at 13:26
  • @Danno the vidoe-part is important part of my question. Please, watch it (at least first 3 minutes that are crucial) and only after that give me the answer. Thank you. – Derfder Jun 23 '13 at 13:28
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Yes, it is true. I watched the first 3 minutes (I don't particularly recommend others do so) and can confirm that the person self-identifying as John Huddleston said there is no historical evidence of Abraham from the biblical book of Genesis.

  • "I don't particularly recommend others do so" Why not? Are they historically incorrect? – Derfder Jun 22 '13 at 19:52
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    @Derfder I don't find watching people declare things to be all that interesting. – Double AA Jun 22 '13 at 19:53
  • So, it's just your personal subjective advise to other users? Am I correct? Or did you objectively find something what they said to be wrong? If so, what exactly you don't agree? – Derfder Jun 22 '13 at 20:14
  • @Derfder The parenthetical remark is just my personal advice. – Double AA Jun 22 '13 at 20:15
  • DoubleAA your advice is appreciated. – Hacham Gabriel Jun 25 '13 at 4:10
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Absolutely false. There is lots of historical evidence, from Genesis, of Abraham, as even a cursory read of Genesis will reveal.

  • I am asking for historical evidence. Not Genesis itself. It's obvious that Genesis has this information, because it's from there ;D. – Derfder Jun 23 '13 at 9:03
  • You said "historical evidence of Abraham from The Genesis". – msh210 Jun 23 '13 at 13:16
  • I also said: "Here is the video. He spokes about it in the first 2-3 minutes: youtu.be/21NoQuKTB8Q ". The video-part is importent part of my question. – Derfder Jun 23 '13 at 13:25

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