By the way, I don't make this stuff up my friends. I've been researching deeply for many years just for my own satisfaction, and then I try and share. Most don't want me to, and others ignore it ... but I do it anyway. I'm just looking for Truth and Wisdom.
A lot of the stories in the Old Testament are in fact plagiarized material, particularly from the rich mythical heritage of the Sumerians – the inventors of writing. The story of Noah and the flood story, thecreation of man out of clay, Cain and Abel, the gardens of Eden, the tree of knowledge, creation of Eve from Adams rib, and numerous other myths, like the throwing of Moses after he was born in the river, are all but stories found recorded on Sumerian clay tablets dating 5000 years back in time.
When The Hebrew scribes began to write down parts of their old testament/chronicles, which they never imagined, nor planned to be a holy Bible ... they unleashed the dagger of malevolence and took a stab at the superpowers of the ancient world, namely Egypt, Sumer and Babylon.
Everything the ancient Hebrews desperately longed for, namely a mythology with fascinating stories like that of the Sumerians, a religion with big temples like that of the Egyptians … and yes, a piece of land they could call home like everybody else, the Hebrew scribes made damn sure it was granted to them on the pages of what became their bible.
And in the process of making up a virtual/counterfactual history for the Israelites, the bible scribes had to simply rewrite the ancient Near Eastern history in a way that would make room for their tribal patriarchs to fit into the story.
Replacing Ziusudra with Noah, Enki with Adam, Sargon of Akkad with Moses and Aten with Yahweh, the Hebrew scribes gave the world one of its most inconsistent and confusing books ever. In a cunning way, the Hebrew scribes, as they wrote down the scripture of their Bible, had plagiarized the ancient Near Eastern wisdom and claimed it theirs.
Is there Truth and Wisdom in there? Yes ... but it was around long before most believe it to have been. I have said it before, and I will say it again. All world religions are connected at the very foundation of the beliefs that launched them. When taken esoterically, and allegorically, much can be gleaned and applied to everyday spiritual life. Historically, not so valuable.
Do your homework ... research for yourself. Never take as fact or Truth what ANYONE tells you, including me. Go find out for yourself. The last 100 years have opened up a wealth of rich findings dealing with the ancient wisdom of people that were here long before us.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.