of the Gods, One God.
The Egyptian Ogdoad:
Out of Chaos that were the eight, came the following exemplified by; Water (Nun and Nunet); Hidenness (Amun and Amunness); Darkness (Kek and Kauket)
Infinity (Heh and Hauhet).
The story continues that Atum, the sun God was given existence by Nun, or created himself. Nevertheless, Atum heads the Ennead, or nine, where he
divided himself and created;
Moisture (tefnut) and Air (Shu), and they in turn created Heaven (Nut) Earth (Geb), their offspring being;
Osiris, Seth, Isis and Nephthys. Two men, two women. Seth was often depicted as an animal of some sort with a forked tail; is associated with
reviled beasts such as pigs; killed his brother Osiris, whose form is represented as a human carrying the crook and flail and associated with
Repeating the above but excluding the names and personal descriptions in ordinary text, and inserting the genesis creation in Italics:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth and the earth was without form
was upon the face of the deep
Atum- the Sun God
let there be lightâ€¦
Atum divides into air, SHU- transparency and moisture- TEFNUT opague
And God divided the light from the darkness (note not dark, but darkness.)
let there be a firmament in the midst of the watersâ€¦and called it Heaven
let the waters under the heaven be gathered togetherâ€¦and let the dry land appearâ€¦And god called the dry land Earthâ€¦
Let the earth bring forth grassâ€¦
It is here we come to the Genesis two creation theories that conflict. God has already created light, and as we know, there is no light without
those of the stars/suns. He now creates what we presume to be moonlight and sunlight, without rotation however, we would experience same only on one
side of the planet. And the chain of events suggests he made our sun and moon first and then all the others in the universe, however, Gen.1:18 claims
he is dividing the light from the darkness, which he has already done in Gen. 1:3. We know that Isis is represented by a sun disk on her headdress,
but of Nephthys, very little except that she always appeared opposite Isis. So I exercise poetic licence here and apply:
And God said let there be lights in the firmamentâ€¦the greater light to rule the dayâ€¦
the lesser light to rule the nightâ€¦
â€¦and God created whales and every living creature.
This covers all of creation up to Gen.1:25. Where the cosmos, the earth, and all within it is represented by Egyptians in name. Now from there,
quoting Genesis first:
And God said,â€¦
Atum, tefnut and Shu. Where Atum divided himself to create both of these sexes.
let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the seaâ€¦ In the image of God he created he him;
male and female created he them
Atum, Osiris, Isis, Nephthys, Seth. The Godly manifestation to rule over their respective realms as created, and told as per the Egyptian story of
Atum. The sun (Gen. 1:15) flora (Gen1:11), day (Gen.1:18), night (Gen 1;18) fauna, (Gen. 1:20)
â€¦I have given you every herb bearing seedâ€¦and to every beast of the earth,â€¦
Of Osiris and of Seth (Gen.1:29:30)
At this point, the creation story seems to suggest a different creation myth. In Genesis 2:5, it appears that the flora was created but there
was no "man to till the ground," where previously it appears that man already was created and granted the fruits of the earth, albeit for
sustenance, while 2:19 has God creating the animals, which were already created in 1:24:25. Logically then, Genesis makes sense, as thus far, we have
creation only up to the Godly manifestations, and 2:5 onwards has not yet happened.
As best as can be dated, somewhere between the 16th and 14th centuries BCE or the 18th dynasty of the Egyptian Kings, Atumâ€™s pre-eminent sun god and
divine status was temporarily replaced by Aten, usurped in fact by this God elevated above all others and worshipped in an almost monotheistic manner.
Thus while we also have two Egyptian creation myths they are all identical except in one way, the God kings; Atum and his offspring, have been
relegated to mortal status in the second story.
At the head of both the Ogdoad and Ennead was Ptah, the supreme deity who by just speaking "the word", created the Ogdoad, likewise we have at the
head of Genesis; God.
The two supposedly conflicting stories within Genesis may have been as a result of an error in redaction by the Jewish scribes, but I do not believe
this to be so. It seems more likely that it was a chronology to the Jews to recount the earliest tradition of creation as well as record the move to
their monotheism; a chronology they would well be aware of at the time Moses was striving to remove idolatry. The inclusion then, although appearing
to us a mystery, would have been a familiar tale during this struggle. The Egyptian creator is represented as "God" in Genesis chapters 1 through
2:4. which if applied in context should be Gen.1 verses 32, 33 and 34, where Gen.2:4 should be 2:1, as it is here that the usurper has been given a
more hierarchal term; "Lord God," despite the varied interpretations of the sudden language change for identifying God. From there, the Jewish
Godâ€™s "generations" take over and literally rewrites the story placing all of these afore mentioned Gods in mortal context.
We know full well that Thoth was the greatest source of wisdom to the Egyptians, and we also know that Enoch is also represented as such. Thoth rose
to prominence during the 13th century BCE, the 19th dynasty; the era of Rameses. According to Egyptian myth, Ra, (the interloper between Atum and
Aten, where a supremacy fight was taking shape) upon hearing that man was plotting against him, called for punishment to be inflicted and sent Hathor
to teach them a lesson which somewhat backfired causing him to abdicate his throne to Thoth.
There are many lists concerning the Kings and Gods of Egypt, the three most notorious accounts chronologically agree with each other except when it
comes to the Eighth God. The Turin canon shows Thoth as the eighth, Manethoâ€™s account excludes him, and so does the Palermo stone which substitues
an unfamiliar name.
Another noticeable difference with the three records, is that the Palermo stone as well as the Turin canon, both show the 5th to 7th succession as
Osiris, Seth, and Horus, where the Manetho account has a gap in place 6.
The Aten pharaohs were preceded by the Thut-Mose pharaohs, and the names of the Aten pharaohs were later ordered stricken from record, this around
the time of Moses.
HaShem G-D is translated for us as; Lord God, and is taken to mean; The Name, where the name refers to the one that is forbidden to be spoken. In
other words, the Aten god.
There was a revival of Sethâ€™s prominence over Osiris in Egypt, again within the Thut-Moses era, but they could not in their accounts seriously
remove any of the God Kings from their history, yet it is evident that somewhere around the 9th-8th BCE, his God King status could no longer be
tolerated and possibly reflected in Manethoâ€™s account. It was probably just too much for the Egyptians to accept the blaspheming of their rewritten
mythology by the one-God followers who happened to be Egyptians, and who, were writing some very nasty tales about Egypt.
What does this have to do with Enoch? Just as Thoth held special favour with Ra, so too did Enoch with God. He walked with God and was not,
symbolizing a special treatment not afforded any other. He has been placed as the 7th patriarch, and just as Ptah, the word, receives first place
over the Egyptian God-Kings, so too does God receive first place over the patriarchs, making Enoch the 8th of the line of order.
And that effectively takes us up to Gen.2:8, the other three chapters are equally as fascinating, relate directly to 1 and 2, and filled with the
Egyptian saga of the gods, after all, the story was still being forged, and thousands of years of history and myth is very hard to forget. But that is
for another day.
Aten is signified by a disc with rays emanating from same in the form of protruding arms.
Ra is said to have had a secret name which Isis tricked him into telling, using a snake no less.
On the doorjambs to the tombs of the elite at el-Armana, are found prayers to Aten. Deuteronomy 11:20; "and thou shalt write them upon the door
posts of thine house, and upon thy gates." The mezuzah! which says in The Shema: "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One."
[edit on 1/19/05 by SomewhereinBetween]