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back then i think it safe to say very few people knew how to write, i would dare say that it was mostly scribes and royalty that knew any cuneiform
people forget that abraham came from the land of ur, which is a sumerian city-state in ancient mesopotamia
so it makes sense that the stories that were passed down would mirror those that were told in sumeria, and that moses , would write these same stories.
also the sumerians were polytheists, and had many gods. so how do we know that God wasn't one they worshipped and the one who told the stories to begain with and that abraham did hear them from him?
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Originally posted by Wandering Scribe
reply to post by windword
But, Judaism, on the whole, was much, much less friendly to women in general. There was no goddess, or divine feminine to counterbalance YHVH which survived in the Tanakh at all. In fact, the goddess which, historically, is believed to have been YHVH's counterpart was Asherah, the Phoenician mother-goddess who births Baal. Both Baal and Asherah do appear in the Hebrew scriptures though. He as a rival to YHVH's power, and she as a tree which renegade Jews worshiped. At some point Judaism may have had a more balanced belief structure, but somewhere along the way they discarded women and feminine energy.
Sumer was very kind to feminine forces. Nammu (the primordial sea) is responsible for creating the an-ki, which was comprised of everything between "Heaven and Earth." Ninmah, who becomes Ninhursag (Mother Earth) enjoyed universal worship across the whole of Mesopotamia for the several thousand years during which Sumerian mythology influenced the culture. The children of Ninhursag (of which there are many: Ninšar, Ninkurra, Ningikugal, Nin-Imma, Uttu, Abu, Azimua, Enšag, Nazi, Ninkasi, Ninsutu, Nin-Ti, Nintulla), were seen as the procreative, fertilizing aspects of the Earth, as well as the healing and restorative elements found throughout nature in medicine, and other forms of wellness.
So the parallels are only here and there, like the seven, or eight, if you count the location ascribed to each garden paradise, which I outlined and explained during this thread.
What I found most interesting about Nin-Ti, which I didn't really touch on, was the probability that the whole episode with Eve was a mistranslation of the Sumerian account. Imagine, if you will, that we have two Jewish storytellers trying to come to a consensus on what the Sumerian myth says.
Both accounts are accurate. But, because neither scribe was Sumerian, they don't know that Nin-Ti means both things. They think it must be one, or the other, and it confuses them that the same name is given to these two seemingly separate figures. In frustration, the two Jews just throw their parchment up and say: "Screw it, it was a woman made from a rib who gave life. Case closed."
I always chuckle when I think of it happening that way.
Again, you only come to that conclusion because you believe that Sumerians held the truth. In fact, it makes you chuckle to think how the scribes collating what would become the Bible had it "wrong".
I believe Judaism leaves out the woman aspect because they had already been led astray by the "queen of heaven" (Ishtar, Astarte, Ashtoreth).
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Although I can't speak for WanderingScribe, I don't believe that the OP has put forward either one of these creation myths as "true". In my opinion, the two stories are presented for comparison and analysis of the similarities and evolution of the myths through varied cultures and territories.
Sorry if your own faith cannot withstand scrutiny. As I prefaced my thread with though, I had no intention of challenging anybody's faith. Only, as windword said, presenting something for people to read, ponder, and think about.
There are parallels in all of the ancient sacred texts