Each belief system has a story of how the world was created and human life came to be. In many of these "creation myths," a god or gods shape, manipulative, or in some way interact with a pre-existing darkness or chaos to create order. Within Judeo-Christian beliefs, the first book of the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Genesis, describes not one, but two distinct accounts of how … [Read more...]
Book of Genesis
The Book of Genesis is the first book of the Hebrew Bible that describes how God created the world, made Adam & Eve, and sent a Flood to destroy mankind's wickedness. The Book later chronicles the lives of key figures like Abraham and his descendants. Read articles about the Book of Genesis below.
William Blake is justifiably considered to be among the greatest of England's poets and artists. His place in the books of art history is assured despite his general disengagement from any definable movement, except perhaps romanticism, to which he belonged in spirit more than in form. Blake was professionally an engraver and acquired little acclaim for his work in his … [Read more...]
I was reading an article an article by Ronald Hendel, who relates the Genesis "Sons of God" passage to a fragment of Deuteronomy found at Qumran. In the Hebrew bible, Deuteronomy 32:8 reads "sons of Israel" but in one of the Dead Sea Scroll fragments, the passage reads "Sons of God," identical to the Genesis story (6:1-4) of the "Sons of God" ("bene ha 'elohim") who "cavorted … [Read more...]
Enoch elaborates on the Nephilim story in Genesis 6:1-4. The Nephilim (aka the Watchers) were angels in heaven who saw the women on Earth and lusted after them. At their leader, Semjaza's request, two hundred of them made a pact to descend from heaven, take the women as wives, and beget children. During this time, they also imparted knowledge to mankind, including: they … [Read more...]