As will become even more apparent in the continuing of these Annals, there are really TWO gods of Genesis. Only by understanding this can one hope to understand the early chapters of Genesis. The simple truth is that if one demands that there be only one god of Genesis, then one is faced with a picture of that same god, who is continually reversing himself.
For example, according to the Bible, God made man and placed him in Eden. Then he threw him and his spouse out for no good reason (more on this later). Then God repented “that he had made man” [Genesis 6:6] and determined to destroy him and his progeny. Then God changed his mind and decided to let Noah and his brood survive. Then God became upset with Noah’s descendants and felt compelled to confuse his language. And so forth. As one progresses through the Bible, one is forced to question if the Biblical god has a multiple personality. Or is just psychotic. For the described Biblical god flips back and forth, is notorious for taking sides, and is radically unpredictable.
BUT! If there is more than one god in the proceedings, then things begin to make sense. Different peoples might choose one god as their favorite deity, and then defend his alleged superiority to the death. Which is precisely what the Hebrews did. They picked one God (as we shall see, Enlil and his heirs), attributed all of the good deeds of other gods to their god (in effect, ignoring the contributions of Enlil’s rival, Enki et al), and then even went to the extreme to deny that any other gods ever existed.
The single-god hypothesis proposed by Genesis just doesn’t make it! Once we let go of this artifact of a life-long brain-washing by the single-god fanatics, we find ourselves able to derive from the Biblical accounts a wealth of information. There’s nothing like a basic truth to lighten our load.
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