Dr. Yosef Ben, has said that the origin 10 commandements found in the chritian Bible is the Egyptian Book Of The Dead.

Who is Dr Yosef Ben Jochanan?

Yosef Ben Jochanan (December 31, 1918 – March 19, 2015) also referred to as “Dr. Ben” by many was an American writer, researcher, and historian. He was a prominent Afrocentric scholar whose works on the study of world history were from the history of people of African descent.

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Dr. Yosef Ben

In his book, “African Origins of the Major Western Religions” which was written in 1991, Dr. Ben states that “the concept of a “god” or “gods” originates from the African civilizations of the Nile Valley. According to his research, these African civilizations existed thousands of years before the place Sumer or Shinar (as written in the Biblical book of Genesis to be the birthplace of the man whom the bible calls “Abraham”) existed. 

The book also highlights and proves that the religions; Christianity, Judaism and Islam have African origins.

He argued that the concept of a spirit world and the concept of good and evil spirits which western religions refer to as “Angels and demons” existed in most African traditional indigenous religions before their territories were colonized by White foreigners. 

In the book, he also stated that;

– Moses of the Bible (the writer of the Biblical ten commandments) was an African man. 

– The Christians drinking of wine during the holy communion and the Jewish Rabbi’s drink of wine on the Sabbath is related to the ancient spiritual practice of pouring libations and sacrificial drinking. 

– The book of proverbs was culled from the collection of poetry and songs of the “Amen-em-ope” (Pharoah/King) and not written by the biblical King Solomon.

– He also showed the relationship between the different ways of spiritual stimulation (chants, harmonies, and rhythms) and the practices of indigenous African religions.

– He also argued that the origin of the ten commandments was the hymn of adoration (42 negative confessions) to the god ” Osiris” who was considered by many to be the one true God before the advent of Christianity. This hymn is found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

The 42 Negative Confessions And The Egyptian Book Of The Dead

The 42 Negative Confession also known as the declaration of innocence is a list of 42 sins from which the soul of a deceased needs to be exonerated before he is given an afterlife. This famous list is gotten from The Papyrus of Ani (a text of the Egyptian Book of the Dead which was prepared in 1250BCE for the priest of Ani of Thebes).

Photo: The Papyrus of Ani (Credit: Cesar Ojeda)

This test of a soul’s innocence was done by the comparison of the weight of their heart and that of a feather. The test believed that if a person sinned during his or her lifetime, their heart would be heavier than a feather and this will prove their soul unworthy to be given an afterlife. In these cases, the unworthy heart would be eaten by the monster “Ammit”.

Below is a list of the 42 Negative Confessions

– I have not committed sin.

– I have not committed robbery with violence.

– I have not stolen.

– I have not slain men and women.

– I have not stolen grain.

– I have not purloined offerings.

– I have not stolen the property of the gods.

– I have not uttered lies.

– I have not carried away food.

– I have not uttered curses.

– I have not committed adultery.

– I have made none to weep.

– I have not eaten the heart [i.e., I have not grieved uselessly, or felt remorse].

– I have not attacked any man.

– I am not a man of deceit.

– I have not stolen cultivated land.

– I have not been an eavesdropper.

– I have slandered no man.

– I have not been angry without just cause.

– I have not debauched the wife of any man.

– I have not debauched the wife of any man (repeats the previous affirmation but addressed to a different god).

– I have not polluted myself.

– I have terrorized none.

– I have not transgressed the Law.

– I have not been wroth.

– I have not shut my ears to the words of truth.

– I have not blasphemed.

– I am not a man of violence.

– I am not a stirrer up of strife (or a disturber of the peace).

– I have not acted (or judged) with undue haste.

– I have not pried into matters.

– I have not multiplied my words in speaking.

– I have wronged none, I have done no evil.

– I have not worked witchcraft against the King (or blasphemed against the King).

– I have never stopped the flow of water.

– I have never raised my voice (spoken arrogantly, or in anger).

– I have not cursed or blasphemed God.

– I have not acted with evil rage.

– I have not stolen the bread of the gods.

– I have not carried away the khenfu cakes from the spirits of the dead.

– I have not snatched away the bread of the child, nor treated with contempt the god of my city.

– I have not slain the cattle belonging to the god.

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