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The earliest documents are barely fragments of a few verses. The more complete documents are hundreds of years after Jesus died. Plenty of time for the Roman Catholic Monks to monkey with the text. The reason why there are few copies of other ancient writings is because Christians were very efficient at burning "pagan" literature.
Originally posted by rileyw
reply to post by resonance
Apparently a fragment of an old legend that had borrowed much from ancient mythology.
Anakim an aboriginal race in southern Palestine, lagrely absorbed by the Canaanites
before the Israelite invation. Due to their tall stature or massive stone structures left behind
them, the Israelites regarded them as giants=Nephilim.
Sons of gods=celestial beings of mythology.
Including this story indtroduces the story of the flood with a moral orientation--the
constantly increasing wickedness of mankind. The source of the biblical account
of the flood story is an ancient Mesopotamian story of a great flood, preserved in
the eleventh tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child; but when I
became a man, I put away childlish things. Paul 1 Cor
Originally posted by Avarus
reply to post by aMason
Not only where the ideas stolen, but so were the holidays. It was easier to convert the 'pagan' masses by just transforming their existing holidays to xtian ones.