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To oversimplify it, God is too powerful. One twitch of a (metaphorical) muscle, and poof everything is gone. God created everything, the whole universe, including the dragon (devil/Satan) and demons. Furthermore, He sustains the existence of everything (Hebrews 1:3) , so He has the upper hand in this war, to put it mildly. Throughout the Bible, it is clear ...


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The second book of Genesis (or Bereshit in Hebrew) contains the passage: A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of ...


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Taking a look at a few things here. The word Yggdrasil itself firstly. "Ygg," means Death. "Drasil" is a Nordic term that has the dual meanings of both "gallows" and "horse." So Yggdrasil itself means "Deadly Gallows". A kenning for Odin was Ygg and was listed in the anonymous Skaldic Poem Óðins Nöfn. There are those that speculate that Yggdrasil gets its ...


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This question needs to be answered from the perspective of the likely intent of the author and in light of what the term Eden meant in the times before and up to the period when the story was written (in my view probably 9th-7th centuries BCE, though perhaps somewhat later). We must first recognize that, in the Eden story itself, the term "Eden" refers to ...


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In Aron Pinker's article "A Goat for Azazel", in the Journal of Hewbrew Scriptures, he suggests Azazel (עזאזל), was originally it's homophone עזזאל, or "Powerful God", residing in the desert. In effect, both goats would be offered to the same God, in two different aspects and locations. He concludes as follows: Jewish tradition associates the ...


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Alas, no, they do not happen around the same time. The time difference is about 1350 years. The corresponding footnote in the source for the Toltec version states that Anytime a number is in front of a name such as 8 Tochtli, the number refers to the day and the month and is correlated with a year. The date in which the sun stood stilt [sic] ...


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It would be hard to know definitively if this was due Christian influence on Odin's narrative b/c we don't have pre-Christian textual sources for Odin's. (i.e. This material was first recorded about 1000 years ago, long after the introduction of Christianity in Europe.) Also, there is evidence of hanging ordeals practiced by Native Americans which suggests ...


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It depends on which language we're talking about. 1st-century A.D. Palestine was a multicultural, multilingual location (not much unlike the same region is at present day). The classic Biblical indication of this, in the canonical biographies of Jesus, is John 19.19-20, which says that when Jesus was crucified, Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it ...


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Lilith in Mesopotamia First Lilith (Lilitu) is of Mesopotamian origin. She is a female "demon"/"succubus" (Consider I use here modern terms, Sumerian or Akkadian got no clue what those was). We find her in diverse stories most notable one is when she is coming to haunt Inanna's tree in Inanna and the Hullupu tree (We don't know what an Huluppu tree is). ...


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One would have to start with the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer, the Theogony by Hesiod and the Aeneid by Virgil, in addition to the aforementioned Metamorphosis by Ovid.


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It depends what you mean by "demi-god". They are of somewhat divine origin, by most understandings of "sons of God" (ancient Hebrew sources identify them with angels of some description). They were men of great renown. That much is in common with the Greek tradition of heroes of divine heritage. However, the Greek heroes (not all of whom were demi-gods in ...


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In terms of comprehensiveness, the Bibliotheca of (Pseudo-)Apollodorus (text) is probably the best single work for Greek mythology. Older sources, such as Homer, Hesiod, lyric poets (e.g. Pindar) and playwrights (e.g. Sophocles) are all important sources of myths, but each work usually deals with a single myth rather than a documentation of myths. For ...


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I commend to your attention www.ldolphin.org/eden for a look at the theories of Dr.Juris Karins, of Southwest Missouri State University, in Springfield. [Other data on Dr. Karins' far reaching archaeological work in the region was published in the September, 1983, edition of SMITHSONIAN Magazine.] Dr. Karins believes that "Eden" had come into being at ...


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How could they be related ? Anakim just means "sons of Anak". It is just a race of giants, and there is nothing giving them godlike power or something. Anunnaki, as I explained in another post, means sons of An. While the terminology is the same, there is nothing in common between those 2 words. EDIT : The sumerian language is apparently an language ...


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The Judeo/Christian system of heaven is very organised with different angels, class of angels, prophets, and today ministers, pastors, bishops, etc. They each have a role. Jesus for example is placed in charge. Seraphims guarding the gate of Eden. Cherubs guarding the tablets. Archangel Michael is in charge of the heavenly army. Your question misses the ...


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There is here and there some confusions in your question. The Nephilims What your are talking about in your question are the "Nephilims". Let's read the Bible (I will use the NIV as a reference text). 6-1: When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans ...


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Apparently, yes. In the Bible there are several instances of fire raining down from the sky or "coming from the presence of" God and falling upon people. Some interpret these as lightning-strikes. For the majority of these, however, I have my doubts as to whether they are actually intended to be occurrences of lightning. More on that below. A few ...


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For this answer to work you will need the entire story of Job and his struggles, which is why i have included all of Job 1. I like it because it is the first poetic book in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible Basically God and Satan had a bet, as told in the story this man got everything in life he needed/wanted. God was bragging about his servant Job ...


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In accordance with both Jewish and Christian theology, there is only 1 God - Yahweh - who is the creator of everything: angels, people, animals, the universe, earth, etc. Worship of anything or anyone besides Yahweh was (and is) prohibited because only Yahweh has and deserves the rank of being divine. Keep these things in mind. A demigod is, according to ...


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My understanding is that, from the Hebrew perspective at least, Yeshua would be one answer. "The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous, from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus." References: Ilan, Tal (2002). Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity Part I: Palestine 330 BCE–200 CE (Texte und Studien zum Antiken ...


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Nope, they did not get that tasty fruit that would have granted them eternal life: Now the Lord God said, "Behold man has become like one of us, having the ability of knowing good and evil, and now, lest he stretch forth his hand and take also from the Tree of Life and eat and live forever." And He drove the man out, and He stationed from the east of ...


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I have struggled to find a taxonomy of special stones or gems that takes the modern approach like a reference book. Under luminous gemstones there are part mythical part story works of scholarship. I haven't read any of these [obvious] but to me : Bencao Gangmu was a medical book in China in the late 1500's. So from that wikipedia entry: Compendium of ...


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Surely the standard history applies: late antiquity sources, compiled in medieval encyclopedias, recycled since the Renaissance. Not being an expert I can just suggest some links Camillo Leonardi (1451 – 1550) Speculum lapidum. The mirror of stones (London : Printed for J. Freeman in Fleet-street, 1750) : In which the nature, generation, properties, ...


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Not sure if my entry helps because its not connected with Near East but there are mentions in the ancient texts of the East (Hindu tradition) such as Padma Purana or Srimad Bhagavtam, where you will find detailed description of 7 great oceans in the Universe. They are not specifically in the "sky" as you mentioned if you are referring to our sky here on ...


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Yes, He warned them off the fruit, lest they die and, no, they were expelled from the garden because of their disobedience towards God's will. All of which strikes me as unfair insofar as it's akin to placing a toddler in the kitchen and saying, "here are all these delicious vegetables I want you to eat, but if you ever eat these delicious, scrumptious ...


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For consideration. Why limit the comparison to Jesus only? In the Grimms "Märchen" (Fairy Tale) KHM #146 "The Turnip," the text also ends with a man hanging in a tree in search of knowledge. Johannes Bolte notes in his Anmerkungen to this text notes that the pretense of the captured one, that he learns hanging on the tree wisdom (Raparius V. 341), [reminds]...


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Anunnaki - Gods of Sumeria Or fallen Angels?? I found it very interesting that in the earliest civilisation known to us in the historical records. "The Sumerians" have a religion that talks of these Anunnaki coming down from heaven and teaching them all wonders of things. I found a correlation between fallen angels and the Anunnaki. Its rather ...


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