In the writings of the Greeks, there was also mention of a massive flood event, that coincides with when the bible said it occurred. So chances are, the were referring to the same event…. just from completely different contexts.
Edit : i feel i need to add… i dont think the flood from the bible happened, as in a flood that covered the earth…. i just think there was a large flood event, that a lot of stories and writings originated from!
Also, implying that Kilimanjaro is the sole source of Nile water is misleading in the extreme.
This article is almost entirely about Joseph. There are a lot of rhetorical “what if” questions—I’m surprised to find it on the BBC website.
We didn’t need these ice cores to find this out, we already knew about multiple periods, between 3000 and 6000 years ago, where prolonged and widespread drought caused large upheavals in civilizations of the time.
The article is misleading say ‘about 3600 years go’ though. In reality there was a dry period around 4200 years ago, and another around 3000 years ago.
Unlike the story from the Bible though, these events were not 7 year famines, they were in the realm of 100 years long.
Localized drought is a natural part of climate, it is inevitable. When you have rudimentary agricultural practices, limited trade ability etc, these localized droughts are devastating.
The Bible story is unlikely to be based on any one event, the cycle of plentiful food followed by drought and famine was part of life.
Like other parts of the Bible, it is a teaching tool. It is teaching that prosperity and famine are cyclical, that while prosperous you must prepare for the inevitable famine.
Humans haven’t ever dramatized or fictionalized actual events for dramatic purposes.