Originally Posted by its ray den
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood[a] it.
The whole God giving Moses the laws for mankind on a mountain top was stolen from the much earlier Persian legend of Zoroaster.
One day, as he prayed on a high mountain, in the midst of thunders and lightnings (“fire from heaven”), the Lord himself appeared before him, and delivered unto him the 'Book of Law.' While the King of Persia and the people were assembled together, Zoroaster came down from the mountain unharmed, bringing with him the 'Book of the Law,' which had been revealed to him by Ormuzd. They call this book the Zend-Avesta, which signified the Living Word.
The Greeks stole from the same myth with the story of Baccus, where he received the laws from Zeus, atop a mount, amidst much commotion - and returned to the people below somehow unharmed.
That's how the powers at be were able to better recruit for their religion. They used gods and stories that were similar enough to not scare people off. That's the Catholic church adopted the "Christmas Tree" (which is really the pagan Saxon simble for celebrating Winter Solstice.) Much like the expansion of Christianity through African and Carribean missionaries.
There are dozens upon dozens of examples of religions "stealing" from previous sects in order to recruit and expand. The plagues, the birth of moses, the great flood, and on and on and on and on.