Modern Christian Mythology: The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden

Who wouldn’t want there to exist an earthly paradise? Especially one that not everyone knows about; you know, to keep the real estate affordable.

Like other parts of the book of Genesis, the Eden story is paralleled in Sumerian mythology, specifically the Epic of Gilgamesh, which predates the compilation of the Hebrew sources by over a thousand years:

The Sumerian poem “Enki and Ninhursag: A Paradise Myth” begins with a eulogy of Dilmun, describing it as a place that is pure, clean, and bright, where there is neither sickness nor death. Similarly, the characterization of the serpent, the eating of the fruit of the tree, and the deprivation of human immortality, are all paralleled in the Babylonian “Epic of Gilgamesh”, in which the legendary hero succeeds in obtaining the “plant of life” only to have it stolen by a serpent, thus depriving him of immortality.
“From Ancient Writings to Sacred Texts: the Old Testament and Apocrypha”By Solomon Alexander Nigosian

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2 Comments on “Modern Christian Mythology: The Garden of Eden”

  1. The Garden of Eden is a recast of the City-gardens of the gods and goddesses of Edin, the plain between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in ancient Sumer (Mesopotamia). Man was created to be a slave, he will care for the gods’ gardens and harvest the produce to feed the gods, freeing them of toil for their own food. The Hebrews have recast these Mesopotamian myths. For more details see my book on the subject available at Amazon, The Garden of Eden Myth, Its Pre-biblical Origin in Mesopotamian Myths (published 2010). Eden’s characters, Adam, Eve, God, Serpent, Cherubim, are recasts of earlier fictional Mesopotamian protagonists appearing in myths.

  2. Thomas Says:

    Great post! Have nice day ! :) utgts

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