Genesis 6 – The Deluge Part 1 – There Were Giants

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There are 3 Harpers cartier replica in my life. Harpers is a magazine to which we have been subscribing for a number of years. Stephen Harper is currently the Prime Minister of Canada. In my opinion this second Harper is despicable without the redeeming character attributes of Gru. Harper appears to use policy, procedure ,and language to corrupt the spirit of Canadian democracy, and bludgeon Canadian freedoms. In the context of this exploration, the less said about him the better.

The third Harpur, is Tom Harpur and he uses research, thought, and language to illuminate the spirit. “Harpur is a columnist for the Toronto Star, and former Anglican priest and professor of Greek and New Testament at the University of Toronto.” (1).

While on vacation I had the pleasure how much is a cartier love bracelet 2013
of reading Harpur’s 2004 book “The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light”. In that book Harpur, building on the writings of Godfrey Higgins (1771-1834), Gerald Massey (1828-1907), and Alvin Boyd Khun (1880-1963) (2), presents a very compelling argument that Abrahamic religions in general and Christianity in particular, have through a long process of reductionism, lost their mythic roots. In so doing Abrahamic religions have put themselves in untenable positions, confusing mythos with literal records of history.

Harpur also describes the fluidity used in writing and modifying the books of the old and new testament.  This fluidity was in part the outcome of accidental and pre-meditated burning of ancient scrolls.  With destruction of many ancient writings, writers in the early years of Christianity were free to change old and new testament verses to fit their individual agendas.

My reading of “The Pagan Christ” has helped to provide a point of reference for this exploration cartier bracelet
of the Bible, and one which I hope will allow me to bring sense to stories such as the tale of Noah where, on the surface, no sense exists.

Note on the Icon for this page

One of the challenges in this exploration, is realizing how quickly facts on the Internet contort, and the difficulty in quoting something with a sense of veracity. Inevitably, I find myself checking for confirmation. For instance the icon for this page is an illustration of unknown authorship from Petrus Comestor’s “Bible Historial” (France, 1372). The illustrator was not Petrus Comestor, as some websites suggest.

Chapter Summary

God saw that the wickedness of man was great, and it grieved God that he had made man, beast, creeping thing, and the fowls of the air. Because God repenteth that it had made all these things it decided to destroy everything that breathes in a great deluge of water.

Amongst all the men on the earth, there was but one man that found grace in the eyes of God.. Noah, his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and their wives were to be saved. They were to be saved along with male and female of every living thing of all flesh, of fowl, of cattle, and of every creeping thing of the earth. Everything to be saved was to placed, along with the necessary food, in an ark that Noah built out of gopher wood. The size of the ark was three hundred cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. The ark had a door and one window. Inside the ark there were 3 levels.

What is a Cubit?

A cubit is the distance from the elbow along the forearm from forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. According to Wikipedia, the Egyptian royal cubit is equivalent to between 20.6 and 20.8 inches, the Sumerian or Nippur cubit is equivalent to approximately 20.4 inches, and the Near Eastern or Biblical cubit is equivalent to 18 in. As specified in 6:15 the ark was 150 yards long, 25 yards wide and a 15 yards high.

Spurious and Humorous Comments

  • There is no other mention of gopher wood in the bible and there are no known records describing gopher wood. One view, is gopher is possibly a mis-translation of the Hebrew word for plank. I think there are errors in the telling – Noah asked his sons to go fer wood.
  • In March of 1963, the young Bill Cosby recorded his first album, “Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow…Right!”, at The Bitter End in New York City’s Greenwich Village. I remember hearing this album in my early teens nearly 10 years later. Though my memory of Cosby’s Noah skits is funnier than re-hearing them, they still put a smile on my face.

Myth Comments

Personally, I am reveling in this exploration. I am also feeling dwarfed by the scholarship of those who have spent a lifetime studying and thinking about mythology, theology, and philosophy. I am less than two months into this journey. In all honesty this exploration probably began under various guises decades ago, but I will reserve that aside for another day. In summary I am stumbling in the land of giants.

Speaking of giants, verse 6:4 begins with the words “There were giants in the earth in those days”. Now this is impressive but not entirely believable. Perhaps these giants are the ones that according to Hesiod, sprang from the blood of the god Uranus when Cronus (son of Uranus) cut of Uranus’ testicles.

Art History Comment

  • Shortly after Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau (1559-1617), the founder of Baroque Salzburg, took office as prince-archbishop in 1587 he commissioned Kaspar Memberger the Elder from Constance to paint a five-part Noah’s Ark Cycle (3). Today’she taIn 1587 Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau (1559-1617), the founder of Baroque Salzburg, This is the first painting in that cycle. “Noah’s Ark Cycle: 1. Building of the Ark (1588, Oil on canvas, 128 x 166 cm, Residenzgalerie, Salzburg).Memberger_Noah_1


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  • (1) From the Jacket cover of: Hapur, Tom. The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Christ. Toronto: Tomas Allen Publishers 2004.
  • (2) Unfortunately I have not read the writings of any of these 3 writers.  They are writers that are important to and referenced by Harpur.
  • (3) Source Web Gallery of Art. Kaspar Memberger the Elder (b. ca. 1555, Konstanz, d. 1618, Konstanz)

Genesis Interlude Feb

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I have, as I hope you have noticed, done some digital blog-keeping.  I am still learning how to use WordPress, and in order to do what I wanted, I needed to return to some nearly lost cartier replica html /css coding  skills.  I hope you find navigation  through the posts easier.  If you want replica cartier love bracelets to see a list of all (except for interludes) the posts so far, you can always click on the menu item “Bible Exploration Introduction and Master” or follow this link: Bible Exploration Introduction and Master.

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Giants” (first in the deluge series).


Genesis 5 – Methuselah Dead at 969

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Once upon a time, tales of a great detective were invented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These tales were so well crafted, and the admiration of the detective to this day is still so strong that many tourists leaving the Baker Street tube station in London go in search of 221B Baker Street. At the time Doyle was writing 221B Baker Street did not exist. Sherlock Holmes only existed, and still does only exist as a character in a well-loved set of books.

And the moral cartier bracelet of the story is, the presentation of something as fact, does not make it so. With that in mind I present for your ruminations the following illustration.Family_Tree_of_Seth-v01There is a pattern to many of the verses in Chapter 5, “ and <father> lived <x1> years and begat <son> and <father> lived <x2> years after he begat <son> and the years of <father> were <x1 + x2> and he died”. A similar fake cartier bracelet pattern can be used to read the illustration. For example Seth lived 105 years and then had a son Enos. Seth lived a 807 years after the birth of Enos, and died at the at the age of 912.


  • Given that all the years of Lamech totaled 777, I thought how much is a cartier love bracelet 2013
    there might be some references in mythology to the number 777. A quick Google search revealed little. There are of course reams of digital paper concerning the number 7. There is  a Wikipedia entry titled, “777 and Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley”. For the time being I shall pass on the Kabbalah. For completeness though here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry for Kabbalah, “Kabbalah’s definition varies according to the tradition and aims of those following it, from its religious origin as an integral part of Judaism, to its later Christian, New Age, and Occultist syncretic.” (1)


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Genesis 4 – Murder Most Foul

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Chapter 4 of Genesis establishes a bad precedent.


Adam and Eve have sex at least twice and this results in Eve baring two sons, Cain and Abel. “Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” When it came time to offer discount cartier bracelet a sacrifice, Abel provided a sheep, and Cain provided “fruit of the ground”. God appreciated the sheep and was not impressed how much is a cartier love bracelet 2013
with Cain’s vegetables.   Cain becomes jealous, despondent, and kills his one and only brother.

God marks Cain and prevents anyone from killing Cain by vowing that “whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold”. The cursed Cain leaves the presence
of God, and goes off to the land of Nod. There he finds at least one woman and begins a branch of humanity.

6 generations later, Lamach a direct descendent of Cain, comes home to his two wives, and announces that he has killed a man and wounded a young man.  Of special note Lamach’s wife bares the only named daughter so far, Naamah.

The chapter ends with Adam and Eve having sex a third time, and Eve baring a son Seth. Seth in turn has a son Enos.

Family_of_Sons_and_a_DaughterFigure 1

Spurious Comments

  • God’s displeasure with vegetables is a little disturbing and demonstrates an emerging cartier nail bracelet
    tendency towards the petty.
  • Where are the daughters of man?

 Mythic Comments

    • What was the source of the woman of Nod, or did Cain sleep with his mother? If we look at the bible as a re-expression of mythic tales, then that second option is analogous to the god Uranus who was both son and husband of Gai.
    • “Cain may be a mythological representation of a Near Eastern people called the Kenites, who practiced metalworking and musicianship and who may have worn tattoos.” (1)
    • “Conflicts between brothers abound in world mythology, reflecting the widespread view that conflict between good and evil is an inescapable part of human life. In Persian mythology, the rival brothers are the gods Ahriman and Ahura Mazda. Islamic tradition calls them Kabil (Cain) and Habil (Abel).” (1)

Symbolism Comments

  • “Medieval Christians believed that Cain had a yellowish beard, so artists and playwrights used yellow beards to identify murderers and traitors. Because Christians sometimes viewed Cain as a forerunner of the Jews who killed Jesus, yellow became associated with anti-Semitism. Abel, an innocent and godly victim, was often compared with Jesus.” (1)

 Art History Comments

Oh where oh where to begin? Let’s not try to begin or end. Figure 2 is a bronze panel from the doors of the Florence Baptistry in Florence Italy called the “Gates of Paradise” (1425-52), by Lorenzo Ghilberti. This panel is approximately 31 ¼ inches (79 cm) square. Ghilberti_Cain_and_AbelFigure 2

Approximately 450 years later Auguste Rodin in 1875 would travel to Florence and find inspiration in these doors. That seed in combination with a reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy would beginning in 1880 germinate into the monumental bronze sculpture “The Gates of Hell”. Near the top of the Gates, there is a 70cm figure called “The Thinker”. A large scale (186 cm high) bronze casting of “The Thinker” was first completed in 1902. And a piece of contemporary iconography and the model for many a photographic portrait was born.

Gates-of-Hell-RodinFigure 3 – The Gates of Hell

The_Thinker_RodinFigure 4 – The Thinker

From the time the “Gates of Hell” was first commissioned until the first complete pour it would be nearly 40 years. Rodin never saw the final sculpture in bronze.


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Genesis 3 Part C – Flying Toddlers and 4 Faced Spirits

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I have returned from the land of margaritas and I am back with a tale of the guardians of the gate.

In the last of verse of Genesis replica cartier 3 (3.24), God turns on the security fake cartier bracelet by placing “at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life”.

We began Chapter 3 with “what’s a serpent”. It seems fitting therefore to close with “What are cheribum”, which sadly is a lot like asking what’s an angel. Cheribum is the plural of cherub and there are two branches to the cherub tree.

Greco-Roman Branch

The Greco-Roman Branch is associated with putti (plural of putto), Italian for boy or child.

Once upon a Greek time Aphrodite (Venus in Rome) goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure had a son Cupid. Cupid is the one that shoots arrows of lust indiscriminately at mortals, primarily for his own amusement. Through the contortions of time, representations of Cupid became associated with putti (plural of putto). Often winged the putti (plump flying toddlers) (1), became a symbol for God’s love. By the time the Rococo era in painting arrived (Late Baroque) in the 18th Century, these angelic creatures flew amok on many a ceiling.

Here is an example from Ljubljana (capital of Slovenia) Cathedral, also named Saint Nicholas’ Church, by Guiulio cartier bracelets Quaglio the Younger dated 1705-06 (2).Ljubljana_Cathedral_Ceiling

Mystic Madness Branch

According to an angel is “one of a class of spiritual beings attendant upon God. … ”  Once upon a time Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (c. 650-c. 725 C.E.) concocted a hierarchy of angels. There are according to this man’s writings, 9 orders or dominions of angles divided into 3 spheres, with 3 orders in each sphere.

(3) The first sphere contains the angels which serve as heavenly counselors and are the closest to God.
1 – Seraphim
2 – Cherubim
3 – Thrones

The second sphere are angels which work as heavenly governors and are the angelic middle managers of the vast angel realm.
4 – Dominions or Dominations
5 – Virtues
6 – Powers

The third sphere are angels who function as heavenly messengers and are the ones closest to the human experience.
7 – Principalities or Princedoms
8 – Archangels
9 – Angels

Strange as it may seem images of second order angels are hard to locate.  The image below is from a Wikipedia (4) entry which in turn links to a Russian source, written in Russian. There my research stopped as I decided not to go down the translation rabbit hole.Tetramorph_meteoraThe above image is an example of a tetramorph (5) and as the Wikipedia entry on tetramorphs goes on to say, “such composite creatures are found in many mythologies”.


The two cherub branches in common parlance have melded together. As a result putti and cherubim are often both referred to as cherubs.  You may still how much is a cartier love bracelet 2013
be wondering about an answer to the question “What are cherubim?”, and frankly dear reader I haven’t clue.


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