Biblical Characterizations

How reliable are biblical texts?  Common sense whispers to spirit that because every “revealed” account was penned by human industry the potential for trip-ups may be obscured in the prose like landmines that could blow up the crafted stories.  A critical assessment of scriptural accounts can often reveal to the curious reader that few, if any, characters in accepted sacred texts actually represent any verifiable historical persons. After the Genesis characters have established the “chosen ones” plot line the scriptural tales seemingly venture into later alleged historical events where some sparse documentation might be possible.  Peculiarly, the only characters included with any evidence of having had verifiable existence are always presented in peripheral roles. It is in this manner that the suggestion of historic authenticity is offered.  This is a writing technique that has always been used in composing believable story-lines of fiction, and is still in use in the novels, stage plays, movie formats and television plays today.

The character of Abram/Abraham, for example, is the earliest personality provided in Genesis (11) who is presented as having had a vague correspondence within world history. However, even his homeland as sketched out in Genesis 12:1-5 was only vaguely alluded to with the mention of of Haran and Abram’s moving southeast …”unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh.  And the Canaanite was then in the land.”  The implied movement is in the direction of the Chaldean port city of Ur.

We should not forget that the scriptural works so highly honored as holy narrative actually concerned only one very small segment of the world’s population in prehistory and those biographical drafts were not gathered into book form which could be referred to until Iron Age times, c. 9-8th centuries BCE.  That means that the bulk of literature which is revered as the Old Testament was not composed and promoted by priest authors until many, many centuries after the events they depicted.  Again, of the entire world’s population in the earlier timeframes as presented by the priest-written stories concern only one small group of people–their alleged ancestors.  When the scriptural tales seemingly venture into later alleged historical events where some sparse documentation might be possible the only characters with any evidence of having had verifiable existence are, as noted, always presented in peripheral roles.

Add to this that there is strong indication that the priest-authors also drew upon earlier teachings from several different cultures.  It is not coincidence that in Persia there were stories told of a deity named Ahriman; curiously, his original name was Abriman and the substituted letter H in the name for the B indicated the attainment of his pass over into a matter-defined personality.  Ahriman (with the H) was regarded to be a deity who ruled over the kingdom of darkness–in other words the void out of which Creation issues.  We should note as well that the Babylonians were familiar with a like character from their similar literature who was named Abarama.  And the authors of Genesis also knew of the eastern writings in which Brahma is given as the Creator of the universe and is first in a trinity which included Vishnu and Siva.*  The H (two vertical lines held together by a horizontal line) in the name indicated the involvement of polar principles necessary for advancing Creation.  Thus the letter H was also incorporated into Abram as Abraham to indicate when primal energy passed over and manifested into matter life. (*Siva is commonly presented as the principle of destruction: more correctly the transformation out of the illusion of energy as matter.)

Abraham, like all the Genesis characters such as Adam, Noah, Jacob, Isaac, etc., etc. are but personifications for the creative Life Principle as it passes over the various energy dimensions of development and which culminate in matter form where it is to be qualified.  Consider the various myths that surround Abram/Abraham which certainly could not apply if this character had been an actual mortal being.  Supposedly the name Abram means “exalted”  or “lifted up.”  Again this is sacred language being used to personify and portray scientific principles of Creation which were earlier taught in extreme antiquity which the authors of Genesis did not understand.  Abram (not yet Abraham) personifies earliest primal energy involvement which is to pass over from an energy prototype into definable form.  Those ancient scientific teachings upon which the story is based had become lost due to various planetary disturbances, and myths arose in an attempt to explain the invisible powers of Creation.  Thus among the many footnotes to holy accounts we are expected to believe that the angel Gabriel fed the infant Abram for ten days with milk from his little finger!  This conveniently dismissed the need for any scientific understanding of the primal energy dimensions that lead into development as energy-matter forms.  And another tale related that when Abram was born his face was so radiant that it lit up the entire cave in which he had been born.  The “cave” in all such myths and sacred stories always symbolized the void (Source) out of which all Creation issues, and is why so many saviors and heroes of ancient myths were claimed to have been born in caves.

This manner of characterizing the dimensions of primal energies as actual physical ancestors of an alleged “chosen” people is the technique used to give apparent legitimization to the books now known as the Old Testament.  Although misleading in its underpinnings the literary works do hold many self-evident truths.  So inspirational were these priest-crafted tales which seemed to legitimatize the ancestral claims due to written word that a whole belief culture arose that stubbornly stood defiant against many kingdoms and empires.  It was not coincidence therefore that it was during the timeframe of the Roman Empire that a Jewish character was chosen by Roman authors to be the superstar in collected narratives now know as the New Testament.  These crafted tales begin with Jesus’ birth being set in a manger, and for centuries mangers were then commonly located within caves.  And the sequence of his recorded miracles—from his first water into wine to his ultimate transfiguration —allegorize the involving energy dimensions of Creation into cosmic harmonization as once given in prehistory times with lessons illustrated with heaven’s constellations


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