The Patriarchal Age: Or, The History and Religion of Mankind
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: George Smith
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. THE PRIMITIVE CONDITION OF MAN, HIS FALL, AND THE PROMISE OF A REDEEMER. Substantial agreement between sacred and profane history. Man's Primitive Condit1onScripture corroborated by other ancient testimonyMaimonides Mohammedan traditions Hindoos ZendavestaTrismegistus Hesiod Ovid. Man's FallHistorical CorroborationCustom of worshiping in groves Garden at CadizAt EpirisIn CampaniaOf the HesperidcsSacral Persons of Heathen MythologyApolloChrishnaHercules OrpheusThorBacchus Heathen Traditions PlatoDicomrchusHindoosPersiansWorship of the SerpentIts universalityChaldeaPersiaIndiaChinaSyriaPhcnicia EgyptGreece and RomeDruidsAmerican IndiansConclusion from the above factsGeographical position of ParadiseTree of life and cherubim Review of man's primitive condition and fallConsequences of the FallLoss of moral purityOf intercourse with GodOf inward and outward happiness. PnoMisE Of A RedeemerMeaning which Adam and Eve attached to it. We have already observed the peculiar prominence which Holy Scripture gives to the creation of man. It is worthy of attention, that, although greatly disfigured by fable, most of the profane histories refer to this fact in a manner extremely similar. The Chaldean Berosus, for instance, having spoken of the creation of the various animal tribes, describes the creation of man in the following language: " Belus took off his head, while the other gods mingled his blood as it gushed out with the earth, and from thence were formed men." It is scarcely possible to conceive of a more significant mode of expression than this: the ordinary operations of Deity are represented as being unequal to the creation of a being so elevated in character as man: for this purpose it was necessary that there ...