I'm not a professional scholar. Studying the Bible and Biblical languages
and history has been a lifelong hobby of mine. Whenever I read an
accounting such as this, purporting to find ties between Biblical data and
stories of other cultures, I always wonder the following:
Has anyone ever considered the possibility that the Bible is correct in its
accounting of how our world began? I'm referring to the macro data; God
created out of nothing; Adam and Eve represent the beginnings of mankind;
the flood actually happened; etc. If the Bible is essentially correct in
its accounting of man's beginnings, then wouldn't one *expect* to find
myths/stories in other cultures that reverberate with the same essential
It isn't surprising to me, for example, to find elements of Philo or the
Osiris myth in the Bible. I just think the connection is reversed by most
scholars. It is those stories and myths that got their beginnings in the
"true" tale of "creation", not the other way around. If, as I am positing,
all man's stories/myths have a common genesis, then IMO this further
buttresses the Bible's claim to be telling the "true" story. (Again, I'm
referring to the macro view, not whether specific details are historically
accurate.) Indeed, you can find common elements in the myths of all
cultures, including ones such as the Incan, that appear to us to have had no
connection to the people of the Middle East.
How is it, that many cultures, geographically distant and culturally
diverse, have myths with so many common elements? Has anyone in
professional scholarship ever seriously considered this possibility?
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