Religions predating the bible advice on dating
It seems like a lot of questions, but I'm sure someone can point me in the right direction.I'm having an argument with a friend who says that Yahweh was the original god of mankind, but I asked him why no cultures before the Jews knew of that diety.The oldest religions are probably from the middle Paleolithic period, 200,000 to 40,000 years ago or so.This is based on the assumption that the disposal of the dead has special significance for cultures that entertain certain ideas about human nature, destiny, and place.It should be mentioned that the aborigines of Australia have been practicing pretty much the same religion for 60,000 to 40,000 years.The first Mesopotamian civilization existed only 11,000 years ago."Venus figurines," flourished in the Upper Paleolithic (40,000 years ago) and were symbols of fertility--meaning that fertility, along with other desirable traits, may have been anthropomorphised into deities and possibly worshipped as such.
The upper and lower kingdoms of Egypt were united in 3100 B.If one defines the begging of Judaism as the revealation at Sinai, I'm pretty sure Hinduism predated it, but I don't think any others did (that is, limiting ourselves to well-known world religions; perhaps aboriginal tribesmen in various parts of the world can make convincing claims for greater antiquity for their mode of worship).The Hebrew patriarch Abraham flourished somewhere between 2000-1825 B. Our only source of information on his existance is Genesis; we have no direct archaeological evidence.Granted, there probably aren't too many followers of Aten around today.