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Please review a theory that Abraham the founder of judaism and other abrahamic religions was inspired and influenced by Hinduism?




"In his History of the Jews, the Jewish scholar and theologian Flavius Josephus (37 - 100 A.D.), wrote that

the Greek philosopher Aristotle had said: “...These Jews are derived from the Indian

philosophers; they are named by the Indians Calani.”

Clearchus of Soli (a pupil of Aristotle) wrote, “The Jews descend from the philosophers of India.

The philosophers are called in India Calanians and in Syria Jews. The name of their capital

is very difficult to pronounce. It is called ‘Jerusalem.’”

Megasthenes, a Greek historian from Ionia, was sent by the Hellenistic king Seleucus I as an ambassador

to the court of King Chandragupta Maurya in India. His report about the culture, history and religion of

India was the basis of Western knowledge about India and whose accounts are every day acquiring

additional credit from new inquiries, says that the Jews ‘were an Indian tribe or sect called


The Magi of Persia in some references are said to have called their religion Kesh-î-Ibrahim. They also

trace their religious books to Abraham, who was believed to have brought them from heaven.

Arabian historians of the past have also contended that Brahma and Abraham, their ancestor, are the

same person. The Persians generally called him Abraham Zeradust. Cyrus considered the religion of the

Jews the same as his own Zoroasterianism. “The Hindoos must have come from Abraham, or the

Israelites from Brahma...”"






"In his first book on Sleep he relates of Aristotle, his master, that he had a discourse with a Jew; and his own account was that what this Jew said merited admiration and showed philosophicalerudition. To speak of the race first, the man was a Jew by birth and came from Cœlesyria [Palestine]. These Jews are derived from the philosophers of India. In India the philosophers call themselves Kalani, and in Syria Jews, taking their name from the country they inhabit, which is Judea; the name of their capital is rather difficult to pronounce: they call it Jerusalem. Now this man, who had been the guest of many people, had come down from the highland to the seashore [Pergamus]. He was a Greek not only in language, but in soul; so much so that, when we happened to be in Asia in about the same places whither he came, he conversed with us and with other persons of learning in order to test our wisdom. And as he had had intercourse with a large number of sages, he imparted to us more knowledge of his own."


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The term 'Indian' is fairly new, so I dont think the ancient greeks or jews would have used that term.

Indian is derived from 'Indus' (Forget about the 'slave' origin that Indo-bashers say). The original name for Indus is 'Sindh' as in 'Sapt-Sindh'. I presume the ancients would have used 'Sapt-Sindu' and not Indian or Hindu.

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Guest Sanatana Dharma

Sanatana Dharma or Vedic Dharma as depicted in the Vedas and Vedanta is the most ancient literary source containing  the very first notions and ideas of God or religion.We can trace the roots of the earliest formless single God (Monotheism) behind multiple sub Gods(Polytheism) including  Nature Gods(Pantheism) in the Veda . All subsequent theories of sinlge God,Monotheism therefore have to be traced to the Veda.Therefore the ideas in all  three Abrahamic religions that support Monotheism can be traced to the ;Vedas and Upanishads.The integration of Monotheism with Polytheism and Pantheism took place e well in I did in Hinduism. 

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This Integration of Monotheism with Polytheism and Pantheism also known as Henotheism to place well in Hinduism in India but not elsewhere.This resulted in lsrgr scale conversions which produced a polarised world.

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