Assumption of Hyksos Superiority another factoid
- Hi David,
Yes one sterling example comes to mind in answer to your excellent question:
The idea that the Hyksos introduced the horse, chariot, composite bow, other
advanced weapons, even the wheel itself (!) to the Egyptians, does not seem to
be referenced to any actual ancient sources. Manetho does not mention it
(correct me if I'm wrong, unless I missed some obscure passage somewhere).
I have been able to trace it back as far as Gaston Maspero circa 1880 in his
effort to explain how the Hyksos could have conquered Egypt, and he suggested
it was because the Hyksos possessed superior weaponry. Possibly Maspero
originated the idea, possibly it can be traced back further still. But it seems to
be an assumption that has somehow turned into "fact" (maybe we should call
these "factoids") and is found everywhere, without any substantive citations.
Brad C. Sparks
Orange County, CA
>Re: KenitesPosted by: "David Lorton" davidlorton@... davidlorton
Date: Sat May 3, 2008 10:16 pm ((PDT))
>At the end of this dreary week, what a pleasure it was to read Yigal Levin'sposting.
>Does anyone know of any other examples of "assumptions" somehow becoming"facts"?
>David LortonBaltimore, MD
>>-----Original Message-----been a worker of coper and iron. The Kenites, who are never actually described as
>From: Yigal Levin <leviny1@...>
>Sent: May 3, 2008 5:02 PM
>>Subject: Re: [ANE-2] Kenites
>The source of this is Gen. 4:22, in which Tubal-Cain is reported to have
such in the Bible, are assumed to have been "decsended" from this Tubal-Cain
("Cain" and "Kene" are spelled the same in Hebrew). I'm not sure who first
came up with this theory, but it's a great example of how a totally unbaised
assumption becomes "common knowledge" which is then cited as "fact".
>Kenites", ZAW 100,3 (1988) 386-393.
>You might want to take a look at I. Kalimi, "Three Assumptions about the
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