Years ago I heard that the Phrygians had, in their creation myth, that they were the firstborn people of creation.

This came up in the context of biblical studies where the apostle Paul - in his letter to Colossae, which is in Phrygian territory - uses the metaphor of "firstborn of all creation" about Jesus. The speaker noted that Paul is probably using that metaphor in that letter because of the cultural context.

I was recently researching Phrygian creation myths but could not find anything that detailed. Does anyone have any ideas where I might look to find this? Thanks

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I found my own answer.

It comes from Herodotus, Histories, Book 2, v 1. He is discussing which people were the oldest on the earth.

Here is the quote - "Now before Psammetichus became king of Egypt,1 the Egyptians believed that they were the oldest people on earth. But ever since Psammetichus became king and wished to find out which people were the oldest, they have believed that the Phrygians were older than they, and they than everybody else."

Both Paul in his letter to Colossae and John in the letter to Laodicea (from Revelation) refer to "firstborn" or "ruler of God's creation" which was supposed to be Adam.

Both Colossae and Laodicea are Phrygian cities.

Here is a link: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0126%3Abook%3D2%3Achapter%3D2

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