Wednesday, April 11, 2012
[Moses with the Ten Commandments by Rembrandt, 1659]
For ask now of the days past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and from the one end of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? (Deuteronomy 4:32-33)
This remarkable Biblical statement points out one of the unique facts about Judaism: Judaism is based on a mass revelation, not a private revelation, therefore making it far more credible than any other religion. Furthermore, the author of the Bible somehow knew that never again anywhere else would such a claim be made. This was a one time event in world history.
Some people have claimed that the Aztecs had a similar myth, however this is incorrect. The Aztecs did not claim that our Creator spoke to millions of people.
The Aztec myth concerns Huitzilopochtli, who was a god of war, sun and human sacrifice. He sometimes appeared in human form. According to the Aubin Codex, the Aztecs originally came from a place called Aztlan. They lived under the ruling of a powerful elite called the "Azteca Chicomoztoca". Huitzilopochtli ordered them to abandon Aztlan to find a new home. Huitzilopochtli guided them through a long journey.
The story basically describes the public appearance of a superhero of some sort, not the public revelation of the Almighty Creator.
Also, the Aubin Codex is one book currently in the British Museum Library. It was written by an unknown author in the Aztec language in 1576. We don't know how many Aztecs actually knew of this story or believed it.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 11:03 AM