reply to post by Kantzveldt
I am not sure, but I read somewhere so it will take me time to find it, but didn't they use to put Shamash and Inanna as idols into a bed every night
so they could copulate?
One time my brother took me to see his friend who wanted to read the tarot for me, she said all of this about Mars and Neptune or something being in
some house and some moon...and I then asked her to explain all what she was saying. She never explained it to me. Then I asked her why which cards
were more important, she never told me why, only that they were more important. Astrology then seems to me to be self-explained.
But if an entire culture or civilization is built on it, then it must have been very important for them. But since this area is north of the equator
and didn't have knowledge of the southern hemisphere and constellations there, wouldn't astrology then only be localized?
No one knows who the Aryans really were, but it could be they did use astrology to define their worldview. I don't understand what you meant by Aries
and Taurus, but aren't those Greek terms?
People called me crazy for saying that all religions in the near east have a common source as so many seem to be interrelated by the word usages.
Shamash is the sun god and yet Shamash is also the middle candle of the menorah. To me, that kind of sounds very related. Today, it is in the Hebrew
translated Bibles, but I am not sure if the translator inserted that, or if it were the original word.
Here is one such example...
Bereshis 15:12 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) 12 And when the shemesh was going down, a tardemah fell upon Avram; and, hinei, a horror of great
darkness fell upon him.
Though they use the word shemesh here, it is not too far off from Shamash. This is the word for sun.
It is repeated in Psalm 84:11
Tehillim 84:11 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) 11 (12) For Hashem Elohim is a shemesh and a mogen; Hashem will give chen and kavod; no good thing
will He withhold from the holekhim b’tamim (them that walk uprightly).
As they didn't use a capital letter with shemesh, it does appear that the same word was used from the Akkadian to the Hebrew. I am not saying that
the Hebrews believed in the natural as the supernatural, but to borrow words that have the same meaning, indicates they have the same source.
Either Shamash WAS the sun god to the most ancient Hebrews, or they merely applied the attributes of Shamash onto the sun. Either way, if it is to be
taken literally, then the sun would be a god to them. But the Hebrews were forbidden to make images and believed in a God above creation, so then it
is most likely attributes. And perhaps the Akkadians and Sumerians also believed in the attributes by merely representing a story in their
Shamash is mysterious, so much more study should be done on him. But I asked someone the other day, if the Bible specifically mentions the giants of
old, the Nephilim, and that they were men of renown, then who were these men and why don't we know about their deeds they were famous for? Apparently
the ancient Hebrews knew they were famous, but who were they?
Enter Sumerian and Akkadian, they might tell us who they were and what they did. Perhaps Shamash was one of those mighty men of renown?