Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I'm reading a book called "The Other Bible" that has all the stuff that for some reason didn't make it into the Bible, Christian or Jewish. I'll be bringing some interesting tidbits along the way.

First off, though there are already 2 creation myths in Genesis, Creation myths were like the science fiction novels of ancient times, everyone that could write wrote one. II Enoch, The book of Jubilees, a bunch of gnostic texts and a whole pile more.

Secondly, angels are common characters. I can't keep track of them. They are on almost every page.

According to the book of Jubilees, Eve wasn't created till a week after Adam. The Jubilees adds that this is the reason for the length of a woman's tumah after giving birth. A week for a boy and two weeks for a girl. Also Adam and Eve worked in the Garden of Eden for 7 years, contrary to the Rabbinic version which had 'em kicked out in no time. Also the animals could talk the whole time they were in the Garden which alleviates the problem of only the snake talking in the Genesis report.

More to come!