The Truth is …
The central events in the history of the Israelites are not corroborated in documents external to the Bible. Most historians today agree that at best, the stay in Egypt and the Exodous occurred in a few families and that their private story was expanded and “nationalized” to fit the needs of theological ideology.
Neither have any of the writings from the Greek or Roman Empires mentioned significant activities of the children of Israel or the miracles of Jesus. The Romans acknowledge the pesky Christians but make no notice of Jesus or his alleged miracles.
As it happens, we have an excellent witness to events in Judaea in the first half of the first century AD: Philo of Alexandria (c. 25 BC-47 AD). Yet Philo says not a word about Jesus or Christianity!
The following is a list of massacres at the hands of God. They are noted because they stand out in the long list of atrocities in the bible because they are so strange that they should have been written about by the aggrieved party .
200,000 Midianites Num 31:17
No mention of this in Midianite literature.
People of Jericho Jos 6:21
No mention of this from the survivors of the Jericho slaughter
Ai 12,000 Jos 8:1-25
No mention of this from the survivors in Ai.
Makkedah, Libnah, Lachish, Gezer, Eglon, Debir, “utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded”.
No mention from any of those towns
Anakim, 5000 Jos 11:20-21
Canaanites and Perizzites Jg 1:8
Moabites, 10,000, Jg 3:28-29
Samgar kills 600 Philistines with an ox goad
How amazing and yet no mention elsewhere that one person, using just an ox goad killed 600 people.
Canaanites, 1000, Jg 4:15-16
Gideon, 120,000, Jg 7:22
Ammonite Massacre 20,000 Jg 11:32-33
Samson Kills 1000 with the jawbone of an ass.
Wouldn’t you think that 1000 people being killed by one guy with the jawbone of an ass would merit some write-up somewhere other than the bible?
Samson Kills 3000 Philistines by breaking two roof-supporting pillars, Jg 16:27-30
Again, one guy kills 3000 without nary a mention other than in the Bible.
Elijah kills 450 religious leaders in a prayer contest 1Kg 18.22-40 in Galiad.
Syrians, 100,000 1Kg 20:28
Perhaps they have no written history.
Syrians again!, 27,000 killed by a wall falling on them.1Kg 20:35
Assyrians, 185,000 2Kg 19:35 (who, when they arose, they were all dead corpses.
185,000 murdered while sleeping, non woke up during the slaughter. Perhaps they have no written history.
Ethiopians, 1,000,000 2Chr 14:9-14
One million Ethiopians killed without a peep! Perhaps they have no written history.
Inhabitants of Mt Seir, 30,000, 2Chr 20:22025
Judah, 120,000 in one day by Pekah; 2Chr 28:5
120,000 lost in one day in battle and no one writes about it anywhere other than in the bible. Perhaps they have no written history.
Bear kills 42 little children.
Surely people would have heard about and written about it somewhere. What they didn’t know is that the children deserved it because they were mocking a bald man about his baldness.