Per the OP, there was definitely a Sun worship theme for religion. Constantine even combined Sun Worship with Jesus that attempt to settle down the
battles between the two.
As far as man's early development, Cooper appears to leave off the need for fire in the early culture for man. Fire was a weapon and a protection
against the Beasts for early man. Lions and Tigers feared fire, and early man always had to keep the fire alive, feed it, tend to it, for the sake
of his own security. It also cooked his meats, made them last longer, and flavored them. Cooking meats, due to the fats, was like gasoline to the
fire and made it grow stronger.
So, early man depended upon fire for security from the beasts. There was the Lion as the king of the beasts that was most feared by man, so some of
the Sun signs or signs for fire appeard as Lions holding up the symbol. Since the bull could take the Lion in battle, some of the Sun signs were
held by Bull's horns.
It is this cross association between the fire that early man required for security from the beasts and the fire in the sky that set up issues for god
as protectors of man.
One can find in early cultures, like Sumeria, that Lions hold up the Sun upon their back, as a statement that Fire Conquors Lions, the King of the
Beasts. Move to Egypt and the Bull holds up the Sun symbol.
Those same early human relatives that learned to shape flint into scrapers for cutting skin and making animal hide clothes all worshiped fire and had
to keep one burning constantly. Somewhere along the way, after they killed a few beasts with fire, they got hungry and noticed the cooked meat from
the beasts taste good. Thus were the beginnings of early man in fire, protections from beasts, and processing animal meat with fire.
Then came flint tipped spears, hunters, then arrows. Then little wars. Then walls, then moats, and larger cities.
Then issues of the Lions of Judah in Egypt. Things propped up on Lion symbols were Kings, as above the King of the Beasts. Some Kings acquired god
status, that were more than human in Sumeria.
The symbol for Jerusalem was two Lions claws that shaped into a crescent moon shape with a star in the middle, which is a Sun worship related thing
for the temple of Solomon. They still had the fire for animal sacafice and symbol of man's dominion over the beasts. The temple was solid gold
on the East side and met those in front with the heat of the rising Sun that blinded them almost.
Inside a gold room with a special weapon from nature that freed those that came from Sumeria gods, which was the secret of Moses, kept by David,
worshiped in Solomon's temple. It was not fire itself, but derived from the fires of volcanos, but this one took down the beasts of man, the tyrants
of humanity. The Lion of Judah was the secrets of the Ark, a special weapon against Pharohs, tyrants of men, and the inner secret of religion for
the tribe of Judah.
It all came from fire and fear of beasts, animal and human.
Then Jesus and the Essene come along and they have studied these progressions of religion. They didn't like the animal sacafice, didn't like the
Babylon issues of Nimrod nor the Pharisee games, and they had a new plan for the Egyptian therapute and the alchemical knowledge. They were into the
healing of humanity, good stewardship toward all. Issues of good food, aka Lord's Supper, and clean mineral water from the Spring of Gihon were the
bigger issues to support. And knowing why the temple faced East and the Lands of Sumeria, where man's genetics were affected via what the ancients
called gods, elohim, etc.
The ultimate symbol for David was Fire and Water, two triangles, one upon the other, which was the essence of his temple's imagery. It was a
monument to many of the highest elements in Egypt's temples, pyramids, spinx, and a miniature desert version of all that came before from Ur/Eridu,
Babylon, Egypt, and now this Star of David and the City of David and its little monument to history derived from Sumeria's gods.
edit on 5-8-2012 by MagnumOpus because: Fire, Water, and gods