In the newspaper “Le Monde” of August 23, 2002, an article was published: “Two archaeologists contest the historical reality of the Bible”. It is about a Book “The Bible Unearthed” (The Free Press), written by two famous Jewish archaeologists Israel Finkelstein, professor in Tel-Aviv University, and his colleague, Neil Asher Silberman. The authors, reveals the article, “have no doubt about the non-authenticity of the great Biblical basic stories. According to them, the Bible is a genial reconstruction, literary as well as political, of all the history of the Jewish people which corresponds to the emergence of the kingdom of Judah”. This book appeared a year ago in the USA and has been condemned by the traditional Jews.

This biblical “reconstruction”, which is a manipulation of the original Biblical text, took place under the reign of king Josiah who ruled the southern kingdom of Judah from 640 to 609 B.C. Josiah was defeated by the pharaoh Neko in Megiddo in the year 609 B.C. Josiah wanted to unify the two side of the Israelite people: those of the South, founded by David and those who formed the Northern Kingdom of Israel founded, as you know, by Jeroboam (1 Kings 12).

He planned to re-establish the Jewish cult in the temple of Jerusalem. During the operations of reconstruction, the great Priest Hilkiah found a mysterious holy Book: The Book of the Law (Torah). He decided to inform king Josiah (2 Kings 22,8-13) who, according to what was written in this Book, decided to operate a general reform on the whole territorial extension of Judah in the South as well as in the territorial extension of the old Israeli Kingdom in the North. Thus there would be only “one community (Jewish); one king (reunification of the two kingdoms divided by Jeroboam); one God; one Capital: Jerusalem and only one Temple, that of Solomon”. In order to achieve this plan, military violence was to be practiced in the northern territories by destroying the temple therein as well as the various places of worship in the North, just as in the South, so that only the Temple of Solomon remained (2 Kings 23).

But violence was also to be exacted on the text of the “Book of the Law” itself, making it say what was convenient to Josiah’s expansionist plan. The aforementioned article, as we have said, explains that the two authors of the book in question “have indeed, no doubt of the inauthenticity of the grand founding narratives. For them, “the Bible is a genius reconstruction, literary and political, of the whole history of the Jewish people… It is a revolutionary key to interpretation of the Bible proposed by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman”, of these “legendary, amplified and embellished stories to serve king Josiah’s project of reconciling the two Israeli kingdoms, and impose themselves in face of the great regional empires: Assyria, Egypt, Mesopotamia.” The article also reveals, that another professor of archeology at Tel Aviv University, Zeev Herzog, had already discovered that “not a single scientific approach proves the reality of this Exodus from Egypt, the great years of wandering in the desert, or the conquest of the Promised Land”.

“Le Monde”, finally, explains that “famous biblical sites such as Beersheba and Edom did not exist at the time of the Exodus. And no King was found in Edom to face the Israelites. Authors’ conclusion: ‘The sites mentioned in Exodus have existed. Some were known and were apparently occupied, but well after the presumed time of the Exodus, well after the emergence of the Kingdom of Judah, when the texts of the Biblical stories were composed for the first time’”. The book’s authors, as well as other researchers, are part of “revisionists accused of making up arguments for Palestinians” by demonstrating through archeology and history that the Jerusalem of Kings, was, at the time of David and Solomon, but a tiny village. More so, these revisionists have also demonstrated that “Jericho was empty at the arrival of the Hebrews and that the famous trumpets were part of an epic story, and not military”, and not of the Holy Scriptures inspired by God!

This prompted me to buy the book of the two archaeologists. As I was running through it, I read in page 37 that the authors will “reconstruct history as we divulge archaeological discoveries, which remain the unique source to have undergone no purging or reworking, or the censorship exercised by the numerous generations of biblical scribes“. This precious scientific information concerning the scribes’ intervention in the Biblical texts enlightened me on “the lying pen of the scribes” which Jeremiah spoke of. Thus, from an archaeological light, jumps out another point, its twin, on Jeremiah’s intervention and his anger, like that of Jesus, against the scribes and Pharisees, who hurt the Bible’s purity with the spear of their accursed “lying pens”. I want to share it with you.

I wanted to have a closer knowledge of Jeremiah, to establish a direct link between him and the events of his time. He “is the son of the great priest Hilkiah from Anatot”, not far from Jerusalem (Jeremiah 1,1). God’s word came to him “in the days of Josiah”, the time which concerns us. Now this Hilkiah is the grand priest to whom Josiah recurred, for the restoration of the Temple. He is the one who found this mysterious Book of the Law (2 Kings 22,3-8). He gave it to the kings’ secretary, so to be given to king Josiah. After having read it, the king decided a political and religious reform (2 Kings 22,10-13). The religious reform consisted in a systemic destruction of the pagan symbols, which polluted Judaea and even Jerusalem itself, as well as what was found in Samaria (2 Kings 23,1-19). It was the occasion to unite the country from North to South, to fortify it against the menacing Assyrians, and to prepare themselves for war against their ally: Egypt.

In order to achieve this, he had to motivate the people religiously, bring back to mind and recuperate the “splendor” of the past, to establish a “Solomonian empire”, an independence, and a territorial hegemony, etc… All this in the Name of YHVH, and for divine glory through his “chosen people”. The famous Book of the Law that was retrieved, was just there to justify his ambitions. But what lacked in this book, was an aspect that facilitates military enthusiasm. No problem! The lying pen of the scribes was there to add the salt and pepper, and the necessary yeast “till the flour was leavened all through.”, according to the expression of Jesus. The scribes were in no short of zeal; they launched themselves ahead at full speed!

Now Jeremiah, as the son of Hilkiah, had knowledge, by his father, of the exact content of the Book discovered. He knew that the scribes were active in attributing sayings to God which He never said, concerning sacrifices and offerings, whose returns came back to the priests. They profited from the occasion to also introduce in the Book of the Law, anything that was materially in their favor. Here is why Jeremiah rebelled against them: “‘How dare you say: We are wise, and we possess the Law of Yahweh? But look how it has been falsified by the lying pen of the scribes!” (Jeremiah 8,8). He also adds on this: “When I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I said nothing to them, gave them no orders, about holocaust and sacrifice. These were my orders: Listen to my Voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 7,22-23) But the scribes and the priests were not content in listening to God’s Voice; they coveted the benefits from the sacrifices that God explicitly refused. Jesus, in his turn, was not short in denouncing the hypocrite scribes and Pharisees thirsty of profit (Matthew 23). We understand the spitefulness perpetrated by the authors of these schemes against Jeremiah and against the Messiah… against the Creator Himself even!! St Paul was right in putting believers on their guard, to “stop taking notice of Jewish myths and doing what they are told to do by people who are no longer interested in the truth.” (Titus 1,14)

The result of this skullduggery was deadly for Josiah and all the people; Josiah perished in “Megiddo”. Jeremiah then composed his “Lamentations” on Jerusalem.

Today, another Megiddo is being prepared, much bigger than the one of the past: a “Har-Megiddo”, a grand Megiddo, known as Armageddon. It is being prepared under the auspices of Bush, Sharon and company. It will undergo an even more ominous fate; It was announced by Jesus (Luke 21,20-34) and the Book of Revelation, which designates Iraq on the Euphrates, twice (Revelation 9,13-21 / 16,12-16). Bush and his allies resort to the same methods of mind manipulation in pretending that their military plan is a war of good, incarnated by the USA and its allies, against the terrorist evil, incarnated by Iraq and others.

The Vatican, Pope John-Paul II at the helm, sunk in the same injustice as the scribes, in deforming, in favor of their politics, the messages that the Virgin Mary delivered in La Salette and Fatima.

With that, I leave you to read the Biblical texts and to meditate. And if you find the book “The Bible Unearthed”, why not read it carefully. And pray well for its authors and their like. It is for such Jews, often “ill branched” by the Zionists, that our Father asks us to pray.