The Anunnaki: Those of Royal Blood

Day Six, part 2: The King-Priest

Before getting into the Genesis 1 account of the creation of Man, I wanted to begin with a point of reference for us to compare and contrast. The following is from the Akkaddian tale of Atrahasis (which in some respects can be viewed as a follow-up to the events in the Enuma Elish, the ancient […]

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Day Six, Part 1: Beasts, Bulls, Snakes and Sheep.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after […]

Day Five

Day Five: Inhabitants of the Heights and Depths

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great [sea monsters], and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after […]

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Day Three: The Pillars of Creation

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9-10) Now that the bounds […]

Painting by William Blake

Day Two: The Division & Divine Agent

And God said, Let there be a firmament (or tempered bolt) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called […]

The Primeval Waters

Day One: The Waters, The War, and the Wind

In the beginning of God’s (Elohim) creating of the heavens and the earth, when the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep (tahôm), and a mighty wind ( rûach) swept over the waters, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light […]

hebrew-cosmology

Visualizing Ancient Hebrew Cosmology

Several months ago, I began anew a study of the Old Testament. In preparation, I studied contemporary Canaanite and Mesopotamian mythologies. In connection with these, I began to recognize more and more a connection between their cosmologies, or understandings of the universe. This standard model also persisted, with variations, into elements of ancient greek culture […]