Yes Dick thats kind of how I see it too. Israel was not in a vacuum, and there is a lot of things in the bible that are from other earlier cultures. I haven’t studied it too much but I know some of the sayings of Jesus for example were said by other non-Israelite people much earlier. Like Buddha for example.
I bring Buddha up because Sidhartha and Zarathustra came on the scene around the same time, and both were reformers of paganism-polytheism. Those are the historic characters. But there seems to be a mythological Buddha and Zarathustra, which date to long antiquity, like 3-5000 BC. There are some who think that Isaac may have been those men. Being a monotheist, and bringing pure religion to the whole of the inhabited world. I’m sorry I can’t remember where I read it, and there is almost no evidence to back it up, but interesting.
The only thing I have that makes me even think twice about it is the Saxons. There are many who claim that the saxons are members of the lost tribes of Israel, and that it comes from Sacca, or Sakya. Those who hold that say that it comes from I-Saac. There are others who attribute the Sacca clan to the family of buddha, and Sidhartha comes from the Sakyamuni clan. I have held the second position mostly, and especially in my previous anti-pagan rantings (see my early posts on this forum for evidence of that ). But then I thought what if it isn’t an either/or, but a both.
So fear not Sven. Even if zoroastrianism influenced judaism, it may have been Isaac that was the precursor to it all anyway. Who knows??? But Jesus was transfigured on Mt. Hermon (very likely) and that is the MT. of Hermes, who happens to be the same as Buddha (the mythological), and he likened himself to the serpent on the pole, which bares a striking resemblance to the caduceus, which is Hermes’ symbol. Soooo, there may be something going on there. Oh and Moses died on Mt. Nebo, which Nebo is the same as Hermes/Buddha/Thoth.