I am fascinated by ancient
history. It contains the root of our origins and faith. The Bible leaves us with
many unanswered questions concerning our beginnings. Genesis is more of an
outline than an essay. Archaeologist have uncovered many ancient writings dating
from 6000 BCE. As these are translated, we get a better understanding of ancient
peoples and practices. One curious aspect of every ancient community is their
polytheism. It is even more curious when we remember the close historical
proximity these people have to Eden. If all of these peoples are the descendants
of Adam and Eve why would they become polytheists? Why would they need gods other
than the creator?
I was pondering what material Adam, Seth, Noach or Abraham may have used to teach
their children monotheism. The most famous of Noach's sons, was Shem, the
Melchizedik, (king of righteousness) called the high priest of G-d. Some believe
that the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob studied in the school of
Shem and his son, Ever. What did they study? What prescribed teachings existed
before Moses? What code did the patriarchs live by?
In the Bible, G-d
speaks to Noach and makes a covenant that the earth would never again be
destroyed by water. He puts a rainbow in the clouds as a sign of this covenant.
Along, with this promise G-D gave responsibility. To be righteous monotheists.
To live by the patriarchal code. These ancient codes codify human behavior for
man to man and man to G-d, providing the basic code of conduct for all mankind.
John and Dana Hill