In the Beginning — no female

Genesis and NO female — the Christian/Jewish/Islamic Patriarchy forgot about the necessary female and as an after thought “created” a female from a male’s rib — and we are supposed to believe this junk/mythology/misogyny as Gospel Truth — written by HIS finger. This is really bad story telling — from the very first words of the Genesis to the rest of the MALE authors of this mythology. Yes — absolutely the Bible is mythology and story telling — some of which may have some basis in historical/archaeological fact. Follow my logic to understand how I came to this conclusion.

Other creation myths/belief systems do include the female as an import part of “In the Beginning”. See the reference listed at the end.

Wikipedia on the various “In the Beginning” myths:

Unlike many other religions, whose sense of time was basically cyclic, Judaism and Christianity worked to preserve a written linear history and mythic timeline, running from the creation to the end of the world. For example, in Aztec mythology the universe is created and destroyed repeatedly in a circular concept of History,[17] but in Judaism and Christianity, the universe has been created only once and will be destroyed only once, and after its destruction it will be restored to perfection once and for all, having a lineal concept of time.[18] Likewise, Islamic mythology has a linear time perspective, running from the creation to the end of the world and the establishment of paradise on heaven. Qur’an 56 describes the end times, the judgment of the dead, and the eternal reward and punishment of saints and sinners—an eschatological mythology similar to the storyline of the Christian Book of Revelation and to some elements in the Jewish Book of Isaiah andBook of Daniel.

Islam shares the creation myth of Judaism and Christianity, spaced out over six periods.[19] The Islamic creation account, like the Hebrew one, involves Adam and Eve as the first parents, living in paradise. As in the Hebrew story, God warns Adam and Eve not to eat fruit from a certain tree, but they do anyway, earning expulsion from Paradise.[20]

How original — all three patriarchal religions leave out the female until a male God creates Eve and then she gets the blame for getting the first couple tossed out of Paradise. BUT this story is even older and it is perhaps one of the earliest cases of plagiarism on record.

Running through the combined narrative is a critique of the Mesopotamian theology of creation: Genesis affirms monotheism and denies polytheism,[7] borrowing themes from Mesopotamian mythology, but adapting them to Israel’s belief in one God.[8]Robert Alter described the combined narrative as “compelling in its archetypal character, its adaptation of myth to monotheistic ends”.[9]  [Wipedia]

More on the Mesopotamian mythology — Old Testament/Christian/Jewish/Islamic connection:

Many of the stories of the Tanakh,[29] the Old Testament and the Qur’an are believed to have been based on, influenced by, or inspired by the earlier legendary mythological past of Mesopotamia, which for centuries dominated the entire region.

The Enuma Elish in particular has been compared to the later Genesis creation narrative. The story of Esther in particular is traced to Assyro-Babylonian roots. Others include The Great Floodand Noah which may well have been influenced by the earlier Epic of Gilgamesh narratives.The story of the biblical hunter-king Nimrod (a ruler not attested in Mesopotamian annals) is believed to have been inspired by the real Assyrian king Tukulti-Ninurta I,[30] or alternatively by the Assyrian war god Ninurta.[31] Others include Lilith, who seems to have been based on the Assyrian demoness Lilitu,[32] and the Tower of Babel inspired by the impressive Ziggurats of Assyria and Babylonia.[33]  [Wikipedia source

Since the authors of the Old Testament copied MYTHOLOGY from other sources as outline above — then the Jewish/Islamic/Christian creation story are also myths — origin myths not at all unlike the origin myths of other people found around the world. The authors of Genesis borrowed a common creation story of the region and then CUT out the female from the stories and then cobbled together a new “religion” based on the elimination of female — except for sex (nasty, dirty) and baby factories (nasty, dirty). Amazing how far hatred of the other can go (being 51% of the world’s population). Of course women served as enablers to this new religion — they were probably scared to death of torture and death if they didn’t support their master’s new religion. And women in the process became women’s worst enemies — a few GOP female Governors and congresswomen come to mind.  The Catholic church makes this blog too easy to write — a dopey male at a Catholic college tells women to stay home — be wives and mothers. Which is the identical message that the patriarchy (cut out the female from the story) has been giving for thousands of years.

When the Sumerians recorded their myths they had no concept of a vast world with an untold number of creation myths. However, this does show that it is not unusual nor uncommon for a related group of people/tribe/race to have stories which identify themselves as “the people” with a unique way of entering the world. Many of these origin myths have been collected into book form for all of us to read and compare.

This book is but one of many on my bookshelf:

Primal Myths: Creation Myths Around the World 
Sproul, Barbara C.; Paperback

 

 

 

 

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