Book Review: The Lost City of Exodus – Part 1

lost-city-of-exodus-book-spreadThe Book’s Prologue and Introduction

In the prologue, Osman shares his frustrations with various scholars who, although they could see some of the overwhelming evidence which he had presented, one by one they refused to work with him due to a conflict between the evidence and their personal religious beliefs or ideologies and biases.

Osman also shares with his readers what was obviously a very angry Zahi Hawass, an Egyptian archaeologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. Hawass was unable to agree with Osman’s conclusions due to political and anti-Semitic reasons, which is often the case with other historians and scientists. Many have spoken of Hawass’ pride and arrogance. Hawass is known in the media for throwing tantrums and attempting to control others. Anyone who has worked directly with him, or had brief conversations with him, know this to be true. But enough on that subject.

Osman chose to call his introduction, “The Brotherhood, Communism, and Moses.” In the introduction, Osman reveals that he was born in 1934, which makes him at least 80 years old, at the time of this post. The author reminisces about his childhood in school and his first teacher, by the name of Hassan al-Banna – “the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood was my first teacher.” Osman speaks about meeting with other members of the Muslim Brotherhood and how he joined them, how the Muslim Brotherhood wanted to “fight the Jews in Palestine”, and later wished to join the jihad but was rejected due to his young age. That was in 1948 when Israel had become a state, once again under Jewish control. Later, after living through the typical political storms of the area, Osman relates that he began having doubts concerning the Muslim Brotherhood. He writes, “as a young Muslim Brother I was willing to kill Jews to gain my way into paradise, now I was no longer sure where right and wrong really lay.”

The author continues concerning his writing of a play about the Biblical Passover or Exodus. He said that while Muslims do not usually obtain their information about Judaism from the Bible, but rather from Islamic sources, he still decided to purchase a Bible in the Arabic language. He wrote the play and it was subsequently published as a book. In the introduction he expresses how he was not happy about the way the play turned out. So, he started again, but this time from Egyptian sources. This time Osman was determined to find evidence of the Bible story of Moses in history of ancient Egypt.

In concluding his introduction, Osman offers an interesting account of Sigmund Freud’s thoughts on Moses and the ancient Israelites, saying that “Freud seized on the parallelism with his own etiology of neurosis.” Freud believed that Moses had been murdered much earlier by the Israelites, and that later, the Israelites, in a way, forgot those events, and possibly hundreds of years later, Moses is the leader of the Israelites. Osman writes that many are unable to accept Freud’s conclusions concerning Moses, “because according to their chronology, Moses could not be found in the Eighteenth Dynasty.” In his writings, it is evident that Osman does not agree with Freud’s conclusion that the Israelites murdered Moses. {page 50: “my own research proved that Moses was Akhenaten himself who had mixed Egyptian and Israelite blood, and that he was not killed by the Israelites.”}

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