Over the years, popular legends made us believe certain things to be historical facts, when in fact, they are not. These historical errors while mostly funny and unbelievable became real thanks to the media and hollywood. Hopefully this list will push us all to put an end to mythologies that so many people believe today.
The Amazons Warriors Cut Off One Breast
The myth says that Amazons, the mythical all women warriors were women who cut off one breast so they could use a bow and arrow better. Considering how ridiculous this story is, it is hard to believe that so many people believe it. This Amazon myth was invented in the 5th century B.C by Hellanicus of Lesbos imagined the name was derived from the Greek prefix “a” which means “without” and “mazos”, meaning “breast”. There was no hint before his time, either in writing or art, suggesting that the Amazons had less than the full pair of breasts, so we can safely assume that the one-breasted image we have of them flowed from the (false) etymology.
Jesus Spoke Hebrew
First of all, Jesus probably did have a knowledge of Hebrew, but he didn’t speak it. The language spoken by Jesus (and the apostles) was Aramaic. Aramaic is a semitic language and it was the day-to-day language of the region from 539 BC – 70 AD. In fact, contrary to popular belief, some parts of the Bible were never written in Hebrew – but rather Aramaic. It is also likely that Jesus was fluent in Greek as this was the secondary language of the region and it was the language of the common version of the Bible used by the Jews at the time. Even one of the most well know sayings of Jesus upon the Cross is Aramaic: “Eloi Eloi lema sabachthani?” meaning “My God, my God, for what have you forsaken me?”
Salome Wanted John The Baptist Killed
The Bible tells the tale of Herod executing John the Baptist and giving his head as a gift to his daughter in reward for her dance at his birthday. Most people mistakenly believe that Salome, the daughter, requested this out of anger for John refuses her advances. It was, in fact, Herodias, her mother who wanted John killed, not Salome – she was merely the messenger. Here’s the passage Mark 6:22-25. This myth has been seen in opera, poetry, and painting.
Eve Gave Adam An Apple
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but they have still had bad publicity as the “forbidden fruit” that Eve tasted in the Garden of Eden, thereby making life difficult for all of us. Yet nowhere in the biblical story of Adam and Eve is an apple mentioned. It is simply called “the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden” (Genesis 3:3). OK, it could have been an apple, but it might just as well have been an apricot, a mango, or any other sort of fruit.
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