An alternative translation of the biblical Genesis text has revealed a realistic and down to earth story of flesh and blood farmers, recorded as the Anannage or the Elohim in the planted highlands, as opposed to God in heaven.
The familiar biblical story of the Garden of Eden compiled in the 1st millennium BC has had many counterparts little known outside specialist circles. One however was written in clear and secular terms and inscribed on clay tablets in Sumeria during the 3rd Millennium BC and placed in the Nippur library.
Now published in the book The Genius of the Few by ancient languages scholar Christian and Barbara Joy O'Brien and available for inspection on this website, we now have within An Alternative Genesis the contributions from a much earlier and more detailed record providing the self evident links to the Bible.
O'Brien's changes to the interpretation and translation of the biblical texts are supported in far greater detail in both this ancient Sumerian literature and in little known, parallel Hebraic writings such as the Secrets of Enoch. He also draws on the work of many scholars over the past 100 years, who have challenged the Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek and English translations of the Bible.
Translation of the 4,500 year old, seven Sumerian Kharsag Epics from the cuneiform clay cylinders and tablets excavated from the remains of the Nippur Library in 1896 by an expedition from the University of Pennsylvania, have identified the wise sages who passed down their knowledge to the Sumerian civilization, which was in full power 2000 years before the Bible was compiled.
The early popularity of the Secrets of Enoch, which carried the full weight of a canonical work, was based on a false premise. It was thought to be a series of prophecies of a Golden Age that would occur in the future. The early Fathers of the Church failed to realise that they were a consistent account of a Golden Age that had already occured in the distant past.
Enoch traveled from near the summit of Mount Hermon and recorded his visit within a graphic and detailed account of the Kharsag (Eden) site, now identified in the Rachaiyah (Achaia) Basin, Southern Lebanon, where he met the Lords of the Cultivation, Granary and Plough, and the Lady Ninkharsag (Mama).
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The Genius of the Few
Here we have the descriptions in graphic and practical detail of cedar houses and buildings for scientists and livestock. A dam, a reservoir and a fertile alluvial basin, all essential for agriculture, horticulture and livestock production. Irrigation channels and supplies of water to the buildings, fields and orchards within an enclosure. This links with the latest bio-archeological research evidence which suggests that the domestication of eleven founder crops, sheep and goats arrived around the same time centred on the same location.
We also learn about the practical problems of acquiring and administering a labour force to run the whole operation and the problems encountered with local tribes. Modern research on genetics and language provide additional support for the biblical diffusion of farming, culture and people from this area.
Discover the geological and historical reality of the Garden of Eden site, together with its ultimate and much later destruction by a catastrophic storm.
A new understanding unfolds which gives a clearer perspective of the Bible stories and the important written records of other religions. Common links are established which break down our resistance to the diverse interests and beliefs of other people living on our planet who are genetically almost identical.
Christian and Barbara Joy O'Brien provide a detailed profile and role analysis of the flesh and blood Yahweh Elohim of Exodus. As Yahweh he remains the paramount 'God' of the Hebrew people, as Jehovah, he is still worshipped as the Supreme Deity of the Protestant and Catholic Christian religions, and as Allah he is the High God of the ancient Arabian pantheon and the god of Muhammad ibn Abdallah.
Here we can question the record without fear and draw our own conclusions about the message presented, and perhaps identify the reality of a different and earlier supreme being in Anu, who heads our family tree around 8,000 BC.
The Genius of the Few ends with the chapter Unity of Truth, which links together philosophy and religion from around the world to demonstrate the common threads of origin and the single basic importance of reciprocity. However as a post script to this book, religion as it is commonly practised, would seem to be a relatively recent development, based only loosely on our historical roots.