The Sumerians have a record that has been preserved through time called "the debate between
sheep and grain
". It talks about a time before even the invention of clothing or bread, shortly after the transcendent spiritual Force
manifested the world and biological organisms. They are debating whether nomadic herding or a sedentary agricultural lifestyle is more preferable:
"Your shepherd on the high plain eyes my produce enviously"
The writing concludes that Grain (agriculture) is the preferable way to live, and therefore indicates the adoption of agricultural lifestyle.
"Dispute spoken between Sheep and Grain: Sheep is left behind and Grain comes forward -- praise be to father Enki!"
The Sumerians are one of the earliest sedentary civilizations known in history, and they record this transition and the adoption of agriculture over
the nomadic lifestyle. This shouldn't be a surprise since they prided themselves in their agriculture. But from the nomad's point of view we have
the same story with a different perspective. Herein comes the family feud between Cain and Abel.
Shortly after the creation by the transcendent spiritual Force in Genesis, Abel was a nomadic herdsmen and his offering was sheep, whereas Cain was an
agriculturist and his offering was grain. As many of you know, Abel's offering was preferred according to Jewish history. This would be the precursor
to all the major Jewish prophets being nomadic herdsmen - Seth, Abraham, Moses, and so on. Moses even put forth a code of ethics on how to live this
nomadic lifestyle and keep peace among the community. Every time the Jewish people are punished for divulging into perverse behavior, they are
sequestered into the ways of Cain and encaptivated by some totalitarian civilization (i.e. the line of Cain as Egypt, Babylon, etc).
The Egyptians record this same debate, and attribute it to the brothers Seth (the same as the Hebrew Seth) and Osiris (Cain). Seth is known to the
Egyptians as a chaotic wanderer (nomadic herdsman), who is refusing to adopt the ways of civilization. They battle over kingship over the whole earth,
or in other words, which sort of lifestyle will be the dominant way of existence. Since the Egyptians are a sedentary civilization, they prefer the
way of Osiris. The Jews are the only people that I know of who insist upon the way of nomadic ways of Seth. This shows that three major cultures are
describing the same historical debate between nomadicism and the development of cities which coincide with the agricultural lifestyle.
So the story of Cain and Abel takes a new light. It is expressing the agricultural revolution and the turn to a sedentary civilization. This is why
Cain is known as the one who began to build cities.
The totalitarianism begins immediately, as Cain kills the competition to his way of life. Seth is born to replace to Abel, and they are explicitly
told not to fight Cain. Instead they make their own lineage, which often dies out or gets lost in history, only to eventually be drawn out of
civilization again as shown by Moses, John the Baptist, Ezekiel, and so on.
Jesus in his time ridiculed the Pharisees for proclaiming the law of Moses, despite not actually replicating the lifestyle. Again, this is the same
debate that happened at the beginning of time. It is likely that Jesus was an Essene, the third sect of Jews known during his time. The Essenes,
unlike the Pharisees and Sadducees, were naturalists like Moses and John the Baptist. They were simple people but very intelligent and integrated with
the natural environment.
A very interesting read for anyone who wants more information on the Essenes can be read here:
Essene Gospel of Peace
. It fills a void in scripture where
Jesus is out in the wilderness with hermits and the Essene people teaching them the natural law of the land. You can decide for yourself whether it is
a real account or not, but it resonated very well with me.
Another good read comes In The Hymn of the Pearl
, where Thomas the
apostle describes the journey out of the way of Cain into the liberated freedom of the Sovereignty of God's Kingdom.
I hope peace for all of you, and let your search for truth be abundant with joy and the love of God.