>Would there actually have to be a "Garden of Eden"
>or could it represent that idyllic memory about how
>things were before we so thoroughly mucked them up.
Maybe there wouldn't have to be, but there is some degree
of likelihood there was. As I have posted before, the
Accadian/Sumerian word for desert is "edin." Eridu was the
home of the first king named "Alulim." And our word "arid,"
a time-worn corruption, pertains to a desert. Naturally there
is more, but I won't belabor that.
Would it clear things up to differentiate between biological
Adam (or bottleneck adam) and historical Adam, sort of
(b)adam and (h)Adam?
We could then posit a mutual shared common ancestor from
whom we all are related, who may never have lived in the same
time or place as his biological or bottleneck counterpart, and
another man who lived far more recently, who fell from grace
encouraged by his God-given helpmate, bringing sin into a
heretofore sinless world.
Incidentally, there is some evidence that Eve, or (h)Eve, was
known to the Sumerians, or at least the legend of Eve as it
was passed down from generation to generation.
In the Sumerian poem "Enki and Ninhursag," one of Enki's
sick organs was the rib. A goddess was created for healing.
She was called "Nin-ti", the "lady of the rib." But the Sumerian
ti also means "make live," such that the "lady of the rib, "
through a play on words, came to be identified as the "lady
who makes live." And Eve, who was taken from Adam's rib,
was also the mother of life in Genesis 3:20, reflecting the
Accadian/Sumerian roots of biblical tradition.
Dick Fischer - The Origins Solution - www.orisol.com
"The answer we should have known about 150 years ago."
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