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  • Moses : Historical Or A Mythical Figure?

    Posted by Arsalan Riaz on December 11, 2020 at 4:56 am

    Many modern day western scholars believe that contrary to the biblical narrative Moses was not a historical but a mythical figure.

    They claim that no evidence has been found in the ancient Egyptian history that Moses existed. They also claimed that no archeological evidence exists of the events mentioned in the book of exodus.

    Moses was raised in the house of Pharaoh and changed the course of known human history according to biblical accounts so how does such an important figure of his time couldn’t even be mentioned in his contemporary historical sources ?

    Moses is just a prominent example , modern scholars deny the historical existence of almost all biblical prophets. How can we establish their historical existence outside the holy scriptures?

    Dr. Irfan Shahzad replied 2 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Moses : Historical Or A Mythical Figure?

  • Ahsan

    Moderator December 11, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Let me add something to your question
    Modern secular or atheist scholar even doubt Prophet Mohammad Saw and Prophet Isa existence as well.

    • Arsalan Riaz

      Member December 11, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      I think it’s almost a scholarly consensus that a person named Muhammad did exist in the 7th century Arabia who claimed prophethood and his followers conquered almost half the known world just after few decades of his death. Even some contemporary Byzantine sources mention him.

      However, this kind of scholarly consensus has not been reached about the historicity of the biblical prophets including Jesus Christ. So that’s why I’m curious to find is there any way to prove that these prophets existed historically other than the holy scriptures?

    • Arsalan Riaz

      Member December 11, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      I’m not sure about Jesus though. My main concern is about the prophets of the old testament.

  • Faisal Haroon

    Moderator December 11, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Established history is what has been transmitted to us from generation to generation by such a large number of people who could not have conceivably conspired. Such historical facts are much stronger evidence in comparison to any documentary proof. A documentary proof for most things in history is just a single person or a handful of people relating something, while an established fact is backed by a much larger number.

    Please see Irfan Shahzad sahab’s (@Irfan76 ) response to a similar question:

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  • Dr. Irfan Shahzad

    Scholar December 12, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Modern scholarship is making a terrible mistake by not realizing the fact that documentary or archeological proofs are but secondary rather supportive to the established historical facts related to a community and narrated by the whole community without exception to next generations incessantly.

    Established historical facts must be taken from the people first, not from documents. Modern scholarship doubt the existence of Kaaba, Muhammad as we narrated by Muslims, and even of Quran, whose first documentary proofs they found in the time of Waleed bin Abdul Malik the Umayyid caliph. They think they he published Quran!. Sooner this grand and grave mistake of modern scholarship is realized the better.

    The Bible recorded the history of some particular regions and times as good as any other historical work. What is the justification of rejecting it and accepting others historical records of the same era? Moreover, not mentioning does not mean non-existent.

    Modern scholarship here, stands on very faulty and weak grounds.

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