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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He then became professor in the Department of History and Archaeology where he joined arahia prominent and already established historians such as Nicholas Ziadeh and Zein Zein. Worried that someone else would come out with the same theory before the book was published, he wanted to stake his historical claim to a theory he believes will be corroborated by archaeological and other evidence.

His theory has been both attacked and supported for its supposed implications for modern political affairs, although Salibi himself made no such connection. It was this switch in language that created the confusions which led to the distortion of the immigrants’ stories.

Was Kingdom of David really in Arabia?

Or so claims Prof. As Salibi expected, his ideas have been bitterly attacked by Jewish and Israeli scholars. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sxlibi page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Salibi wrote subsequent works on biblical issues using the same etymological and geographic methodology.

The theory has not been widely accepted anywhere, and, according to Itamar Rabinowitzhad embarrassed many of his colleagues. The German biblical slibi fiercely attacked the book – though largely on the linguistic grounds on which the work is primarily based.

Moses, he says, led the children of Israel across one of the Asir’s flash-flooded wadis valleysnot the Red Sea. Already a Monitor Daily subscriber? Tudor Parfitt wrote “It is dangerous because Salibi’s ideas have all sorts araiba implications, not least in terms of the legitimacy of the State of Israel”.

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


Thompson’s explanation was to discount the Sapibi as literal history but Salibi’s was to locate the centre of Jewish culture further south. 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 arahia that area in Old Testament times.

The author of several highly regarded books on Middle East history, Salibi had just written a history of Arabia, but found himself dissatisfied by the lack of material on the early period.

Get unlimited Monitor journalism. Meshathe Moabite ruler who celebrated a victory over the kingdom of Israel in a stone inscription, the Mesha stele found inwas, according buble Salibi, an Arabian, and Moab was araiba village ‘south yemen of Rabin’ near Mecca.

Rabinowitz discounts antisemitism as the impetus for the book because Salibi “was not a sworn enemy of Israel or Zionism. Salibi in April Archaeology should provide some answers.

Salibi asserts that, read in its new context, the Hebrew Bible becomes the key to ancient Near East history, and not a puzzle. Next up Here are more swlibi that look at the news with empathy, insight, and hope. In this view, the place names of the Hebrew Bible actually allude to places in southwest Arabia.

It might seem strange that such a startling and apparently heretical theory cannot be instantly and convincingly refuted. The book – which this correspondent has read in manuscript – arrabia 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.

Lamal argued that early epigraphic evidence used to vindicate the Biblical stories has been misread.

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. Monitor Thr Current Issue. Salibi argued that the description in the Dalibi 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 believed Lebanon’s Christian community had an important role to play in building a Bibble distinct from its Islamic ambiance, but did not share the fanaticism about Lebanon’s Christian nature shown by many of his Maronite colleagues.

Salibi, a distinguished professor of history at American University in Beirut, writes that the kingdoms of David and Solomon were established in what are now the Saudi provinces of Asir and the southern Hijaz.

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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. He was associated as a consultant with the Druze Heritage Foundation. Get journalism built for thinkers like you.

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. As the Arabian Hebrews migrated and many resettled in Palestine where they established the Hasmonean kingdom under Simon Maccabaeus in the second century B.

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The Bible Came From Arabia by Kamal Salibi 2016

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

Thompson that there is a severe mismatch between the Biblical narrative and the archaeological findings in Palestine. But on that score, the book was defended by a leading German Semitic linguist, who told the Dalibi that it is ”linguistically sound and cannot be disproven. Kamal Salibi, whose yet-to-be published book on the subject has already sparked a raging controversy.

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