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Sumerian Myths?

07 Jul

Over the years there have been a lot of discussions by archaeologists and biblical scholars concerning where did the Biblical stories originate.  The common idea is that the Biblical authors copied from the Sumerian writings stories like, creation, the flood and others but gave their renditions a twist so that they would be applicable to their own people. {Mesopotamia & the Bible ed. by Chavalas & Younger}

I for one do not accept this idea as it is based upon the thought that ‘the oldest is the original’ or ‘the oldest written is the original’.  Sure, we may not know exactly when, God had His human writers pen the words to many of the books of the Bible and we may not even know many of the author’s names (i.e. Job, Ecc. to name a couple) but that doesn’t mean that God would violate His own teachings and have His writers plagiarize, copy or steal other people’s works.

It makes no sense to tell people in a commandment, ‘thou shalt not steal’ when the originator of the faith does just that.  Hypocrisy in this case would destroy the message of the Bible and make the teachings of salvation useless and void, leaving all people without hope. Then since God does not sin, this would be an act of sin and God would no longer be perfect and in no position to set the rules for nor be able to judge this world.  Of course those who disbelieve would love the latter as then they would be free to live as they want without fear of judgment.

let’s take a look at the situation, historically it is believed that the Sumerians were the first organized society which influenced many others {Ibid} civilizations and we know that that is true but we also know there were people present on earth prior to the Sumerians and who could have had these stories and events in their history as well. {Dailey Life in Ancient Mesopotamia y Nemet-Nejat & The Bible}

The simplest mistake made by those who oppose the validity of the Biblical record and give credit to the Sumerians is the one of chronology.  First, if one has a disbelief in a pre-Sumerian flood, it is easy to reject accounts of a civilization from which the Sumerians arose yet the Sumerians themselves place a flood in the middle of their kings list and if they took it that seriously, so should everyone else.

Second, we know that the Sumerians did not follow after God and His ways thus copying, plagiarizing and adapting was not beyond their moral code so it is highly likely they took the truth and adapted it to their own personal beliefs and made the accounts fit their society.

Third, they weren’t the first people on earth as the above reference tells us, the Sumerians came from another group of people and the Bible tells us who those people were: the descendants of Noah.  So here is where chronology comes in and shows how the oldest written or even the first discovered is not the original.

Noah and his family were citizens of the pre-flood civilization and their fore-father, Adam, died about 160 years previous to Noah’s birth.  Thus they would have first-hand knowledge of what took place in the beginning.  Then since Noah was a righteous man, he would not lie but pass down the stories to his own family as he was told them (obviously we do not have written record of this but since God promised that His words would not pass away it is quite clear that He would have preserved the stories from the pre-flood world exactly as they happened and had them passed on correctly).

Then as the new post-flood civilization were deceived and began to stray from God and the truth, we can see how they would take the Biblical accounts and adapt them to their own accept beliefs and religious feelings. These events were present (and could have been written down) long before the Sumerians decided to do so.

So prior to the Sumerians we have Noah and his link back to Adam as predecessors who would have related the truth to his descendants  so the Sumerian myths could not be copied by the Biblical writers for they had the truth all along and long before any secular nation had them.

The other mistake many scholars make is that they remove God from the picture which opens up many different avenues of speculation, all of which are just not true.  We cannot remove God from the picture for then we remove the stability and the reason why the stories were preserved in the first place.  No God- no flood & no creation = no examples to follow.  No, the Biblical writers did not copy from the Sumerian myths; it was the other way around as secular nations, not wanting the truth, composed their own ideas of what took place replacing the truth with their own religious beliefs.

Thus the oldest written (according to some scholars), the Sumerian myths, are not the original at all but mere altered copies of the original accounts as related by those who preceded them, Noah and his family.  This idea that the Biblical authors copied is just a weak attempt to undermine a believer’s faith in the promises and words of God.

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