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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The Bible Came From Arabia by Kamal Salibi • Quranite

In this new Israel, the Jewish peoples switched from Hebrew to Aramaic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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. 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 Arabia.

Salibi wrote subsequent works on biblical issues using the same etymological and geographic methodology. Get journalism built for thinkers like you. 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. Salibi believes that his work establishes the Bible as a much more accurate historical document than it has previously been believed to be, and that the archaeologists have simply been digging in the wrong place.

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”. His theory has been both attacked and supported for its supposed implications for modern political affairs, although Salibi himself made no such connection.

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. It really happened in the fertile coastal hills of western Arabia.


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Salibi asserts that, read in its new context, the Hebrew Bible becomes the key to kama, Near East history, and not a puzzle. Meshathe Moabite ruler who celebrated a victory over the kingdom of Israel in a stone inscription, the Mesha stele found inwas, according to Salibi, an Arabian, and Moab was a village ‘south yemen of Rabin’ near Mecca. He believed Lebanon’s Christian community had an important role to play in building a Lebanon distinct from its Islamic ambiance, but did not salibbi the fanaticism about Lebanon’s Christian nature shown by many of his Maronite colleagues.

As the Arabian Hebrews migrated and many resettled in Palestine where they established the Hasmonean kingdom under Simon Maccabaeus in the second century B. Chaim Tadmor, a history professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, describes the theory as ”mythology and science fiction.

Salibi argued that the description in the Bible is of an extensive tract of land, substantially larger than Palestine which includes a very varied landscape, ranging from well-watered mountain-tops via fertile valleys and foothills to lowland deserts.

He then became professor in the Department of History and Archaeology where he joined other prominent and already established historians such as Nicholas Ziadeh and Zein Zein. Salibi in April Few of those attacking the book have had a chance to read it, so their criticisms have largely been confined to general expressions of outrage and ridicule.

But on that score, salobi book was defended by a leading German Semitic kamzl, who told the Monitor that it is ”linguistically sound and cannot be disproven. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Kamal Suleiman Salibi Arabic: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Kamal Salibi wrote three books advocating the controversial “Israel in Arabia” theory. Could you pass a US citizenship test? Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: Thompson’s explanation was to discount the Bible as literal history but Salibi’s was to locate the centre of Jewish culture further south. It was this switch in language that created the confusions which led to the distortion of the immigrants’ stories. As Salibi expected, his ideas have been bitterly attacked by Jewish and Israeli scholars.

Salibi himself is so convinced he is right that he welcomed the flood of publicity which followed the disclosure of the book’s contents. Already a Monitor Daily subscriber? The words translated ‘many days’ actually meant ‘south of Kzmal.


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. In the southern part of Arabia there are recently-active volcanoesnear to which are, presumably, the buried remains of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Kamal Salibi

The German biblical scholars fiercely attacked the book – though largely on the linguistic grounds on which the work is primarily based. But modern-day Israel has been extensively dug over for decades without yielding any incontrovertible evidence, in the form of Hebrew inscriptions referring unambiguously to events, people, or places named in the Old Testament. The author of several highly regarded books on Middle East history, Salibi had just bibke a history of Arabia, but found himself dissatisfied by the lack of material on the early period.

The book – which this correspondent has read in manuscript – has been studied by German scholars commissioned by Der Spiegel, which was nervous about the venture because of the Hitler diary fraud to which its rival publication, Stern, fell victim. He says his work explains why so few of the Old Testament place-names have been plausibly traced in Palestine, why the archaeological evidence is so scant, and why the origins of Judaism remain obscure in the Palestinian setting.

Moses, he says, led ths children of Israel across one of the Asir’s flash-flooded wadis valleysnot the Red Sea. Kamal Salibi, whose yet-to-be published book on the subject has already sparked a raging controversy. Thompson that there is a severe mismatch between the Biblical narrative and the archaeological findings in Palestine.

Not all the action in the Old Testament took place in Palestine after all.

The theory has not been widely accepted anywhere, and, according to Itamar Rabinowitzhad embarrassed many of his colleagues. He says it is there, and not in Palestine, that the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam should be sought. You’ve read 5 of 5 free stories.