How the Olive Changed Religion
Scientist & researchers using DNA revealed apples, pomegranates, oranges, fruit, vegetables, cereal grains, and many other farming produce originated in Asia and China.
Some Asia cereal grains are unable to be DNA tested as to which one of wild grasses they evolved from, once a grain has been professionally selectively farmed for over 20K years, the DNA is altered forever, like the grains of the Harappan people from the Indus Valley Civilization in India.
Governed by a Rule of Law system to some extent like the U.S. and Europe. They built multiple story houses with running water, bathrooms and sewer systems. Swimming pools were common. Their building methods were not matched until the Roman Empire thousands of years latter.
Cowry shells and glass beads were the Harappan money. This type of Cowry shell can only be found in India and it was widely use in Asia, Middle East, China and Africa. These shells have been found in the pyramids of Egypt and were the main currency of many countries and favored over gold in many areas until the seventeenth century. 1960 was the last record use of the shells in Africa.
The Harappan Empire was older, larger and more advanced that the Egyptian Empire but suffered devastating decline that theorist say may have been caused by the Burckle Impact. The land of Indus Valley raised and the main river dried up. If this was the reason then all life in coastal cities & small ocean islands would have been lost.
The Harappan language is identified as an Asia-African language or Afro-asiatic which was the root language for the lands from the Black Sea, Middle East and parts of Africa and the Mesopotamia Semitic language.
A migration started out of India. The Harappan farmers found Euphrates & Tigris Rivers did not flood and fertilize the land each year and the soil got depleted. The only other area of size that was like the Indus Valley was the Nile Valley.
Harappan’s had close ties in culture with Mesopotamia which reached from Babylon to Turkey and south to Canaan. Many Mesopotamia religious ideas were mixed Asian customs. The Sky Burial for example is out of India and used in Mesopotamia and Canaan. The Land of Goshen in Egypt may that been the port of call for trading with India.
Asians were called Hyksos (Asian) by the Egyptians. The Hyksos expanded into the Land of Goshen in Egypt and built the king’s winter fort “Avaris” next to the old trading city of Avaris. They built a canal system to the Mediterranean. And the great port of Perunefer to facilitate trade from India to Europe.
The Hyksos brought new fruits, vegetables, animals and skills. Egypt archaeologists use the finding of seeds from the Asian fruits and vegetables as a timeline in their digging.
People from the Canaan area would seasonally migrate as field workers to Egypt to help with the flaxseed harvest and trade at Avaris for goods from Europe, Persia, India and Africa. . Hyksos rulers were in need of their services. The Hyksos had a relationship with the Canaan people in language and religions of Baal, Astarte and Seth. In time there were more Canaan’s living in Egypt that in Canaan.
Under the Hyksos control of the cowry shells and the commodity trading they brought great wealth to the Egyptian farmers and temples. In return the Hyksos were made Pharaohs of all of Egypt. But all was not going as planed for the Hyksos. The Asians had no immunity from leprosy and they were leaving Egypt for fear of the disease.
Canaan people like Joseph were able to rise to management’s second highest position. The Hyksos disappeared from history leaving the Egyptian Empire in the control of the Canaans who were now pharaohs.
Pharaoh Akhenaten & Queen Nefertiti built the new capital city of Memphis & did some changes to the religious system at the dismay of many temples and General Ramesses led a rebellion that took control of sections of Egypt. Ramesses became a Pharaoh.
The Hyksos Pharaoh’s name is not known other than by the title Moses. Egyptian, pharaohs had four names or titles. All pharaohs use the word Moses, which means to “bring forth”. Example would be, to bring forth happiness, bring forth life, bring forth love, and so on.
Hyksos vegetables & fruits had changed life in Egypt. The horses they brought were bigger and had one more set of ribs than the Egyptians horses. There were not large chicken farms until the Hyksos. There were goats and other animals. Egypt could now provide for a much larger population. New and higher yielding field grains brought wealth to Egypt.
The item that had the most effect on Egypt was the olive because of its oil. This freed up vast amounts of farm land that was growing flax to produce flaxseed oil. Oil was use in cooking, lighting and preserving food. Fish was stored in big jars of oil.
The olive bush had been growing in the Mediterranean for a long time and most gardens had olive bushes. But these olive bushes would only bear fruit every other year and a very low yield of small fruit. That why flaxseed oil was used. Flaxseed was very labor consuming requiring Egypt to import seasonal workers to help with the harvest.
Harappan farmers in Mesopotamia grew orchards of fruits & nuts around Babylon. From Aleppo to Damascus they grew olives. Not just regular olives but olives they brought with them from India. These were hybrid olives and could not be grown from seeds. They had to be grafted, which the Harappan farmers were experts at.
In the time of Pharaoh Moses, Egypt had built trading ports up the coast as far as Byblos Lebanon. And the olive orchards had moved down the coast as far as Samaria. Olive trees could not grow in the hot dry climate of Egypt. Egypt now had a large population and consumed vast amounts of olive oil. Egypt was wealthy and could afford to buy the oil.
The powerful empire at that time was Egypt. With the arrival of the Asians in Mesopotamia two powerful empires emerged, Babylonian in the east & Hittite in the west. 1100 years had now passed since the Great Flood and the Asians intermix with the local tribes. In time cultural differences developed between the Empires.
The Olive Wars Pharaoh Ramesses vs. Pharaoh Mosses
Mosses lost most of Egypt to Ramesses in the rebellion. The system for thousands of years was the temples governed the people and lands in their area. The temples competed against each other for the people and the favors of the Pharaoh.
The temples would grow vastly rich. This was cause by the greed. It was the Pharaoh’s job to keep the earth in balance. Pharaohs would rebalance the earth every 25 to 30 years by redistributing the wealth of the temples.
Temples that sided with Mosses in the rebellion left Egypt for the safety of islands in the Mediterranean. Mosses left Memphis for the safety of Avaris.
For Ramesses to have total control of Egypt’s trade and secure olive oil supply he needed to remove Mosses completely. Ramesses knew he could never conquer Moses at Avaris.
Ramesses expropriate all lands & wealth of none Egyptians and for their lives & freedom required Moses to build the City of Ramesses from the building stones of Avaris. Mosses needed these none Egyptians if he was to ever to rule Egypt again.
Pharaoh Ramesses destroyed Memphis to make Mosses return harder.
Ramesses knew if he battled with Mosses he would win. But he would be giving the empire to the Hittites. The Hittites were pilfering the olive orchards in Syria and Lebanon, oil which Ramesses desperately needed for Egypt.
Ramesses had to buy the oil at higher prices. The grains he paid for the oil would be use to feed the troops and horses of the Hittites.
Egypt had a large population to feed. Expelling the non-Egyptians and maintaining a large army created a labor problem in trying to raise flaxseed. Ramesses needed the olive oil to satisfy the people.
Moses’ plan was to have his people in the Mediterranean islands build a great navy. The only way to move the vast amounts of oil was by ship. If Moses could control the ocean he could control the oil. Controlling the oil was to control the trade of Egypt. If the people had no oil for lighting, canning and eating, the temples and rich farmers would remove Ramesses and put Moses back in charge.
Moses’ navy, the Boat People, attacked the northern cities along the Mediterranean inducting people into it navy. And then went after the oil in Syria.
Ramesses had to send a vast army to protect the Syrian olive field. Plus he had to keep armies along the Mediterranean for fear of attack by the Boat People. Moses had forced Ramesses to split his army in two.
Ramesses wanted to induct Moses’ army. Moses had no Avaris fort anymore and exited quickly out of Egypt.
Ramesses won the war against the Boat People in Syria & the Nile Delta of Egypt. Two major blows to Moses.
Moses was a ruler without a country except a few islands. Moses had spent vast amounts of money building the navy.
For Moses’ followers, they were with the Pharaoh and in the land that Egypt claimed as old ancestral land. Moses knew it was too dangerous to stop and build a city. So he stayed on the move away from Ramesses.
Ramesses’ coffers were empty and had the Hittites stealing his oil.
Moses lost 2 major battles.
The two great pharaohs were both broke from fighting.
The only area that Moses and his army had enough power to take over the olive orchards was Samaria which was at a disadvantage because of the olive wars.
Moses told his people that Canaan was “a land of oil olive” (Deuteronomy 8:8). He also told them that they would acquire olive trees which they had not planted (Deuteronomy 6:11). Moses would have no idea how long the Olive Wars with the Hittites would take and Moses would have to wait until the Olive Wars were over before he could make a move.
Moses, a god, would sometimes give vast amounts of land away showing his power. Moses knew he’d lost the war and he needed to enforce control of the religious practices as quickly as possible. And get Babylon and the Hittite Empires to move against Ramesses.
The Olive Wars consisted of 13 campaigns over a 20 year period. Ending in the Battle of Kadesh, still studied at the military academy West Point today. The Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II had to sue Hittite King Hattusili III for peace.
The Hittites not only got the Damascus olive orchards but also won the land of the God Ra. Is= land, Ra= Egypt’s god, el= the. “The God’s land” or “Is-ra-el”. Samaria greatest wealth was its olive orchards.
Moses still could not take over the Israel lands because the Hittites controlled the land.
We may never know what brought down the Hittite empire. But the king lived in a fort that was impossible to conquer. The king died and the fort fell from within.
Ramesses & Moses died from old age. Moses had been in the desert for forty years. Ramesses’ son was now ruling Egypt. Egypt had given up Israel to the Hittites. The Hittites Empire had fallen apart. Abraham was the new leader, not as a Pharaoh, but as a spiritual leader.
Abraham was able to move into the olive lands of Israel with no war from the Hittites or the Egyptians. Abraham told the Pharaoh Ramesses II that he would protect the gates of Egypt from it’s enemies.
When Abraham moved into Israel the olives growing areas had expanded. Even with the olive oil selling for a fraction of its old price, it was still the highest cash crop you could grow at the time.
Olive oil was the great sources of wealth in the days of King Solomon (cf. I Kings 5:11; II Chronicles 2:10). Solomon gave to Hiram each year in return for services rendered by his men, among other things, twenty thousand baths of oil, one bath being about seven and one-half gallons.
Olive oil burns bright, slowly, smokeless and by far the best oil for lighting. Olive oil was the butter of that time. Still used today around the world.