Who is the mother of all the living human beings? Why would that be important?
Well, it never will be important to humans prioritized for other things such as the pursuit of money, power, self indulgence, employment on and on?
Instilled in each and everyone of us is an innate desire to know our origins, who our parents are (or were), who their parents were, and so on. But if someone is too busy seeking (or distracted with) those other things, those natural human desires are sequestered.
This innate desire may be one top reason that the ancestral tree industry has taken off in the last decade or two. When people are searching for their familial background they are seeking how they are connected to history. They are looking to meaning to their lives beyond themselves.
I have met many people who want nothing to do with their family at all due to a host of “injustices” or simply harboring bad feelings so that the mere thought of delving into family heritage brings disgust more than curiosity.
Among “royal” families in the ruling classes it is well known that familial heritage has been quite important. The subservient classes (everyone else) have often been prevented from knowing for several reasons.
This thought may infuse a sense of caution to any delving into ancestry search companies online or otherwise. I would not ever assume these companies are providing me with mere research and access. You may never fully know who is really behind a private corporation. What if you are a part of a significant royal family of old and somehow, for some reason, you (or your family) have been blocked out?
Furthermore, those in power today are not very interested in voluntarily surrendering their power and status, nor are they eager to share them with more people, nor elevating the classes. They have plenty of money to literally own all of the ancestry tree companies without you knowing it.
While slave classes may or may not be squirming through life trying to find hope of a better future, tyrants are busy maintaining or scheming to acquire more power too.
There is a school of thought that the ancient Semitic tribes of Hyksos of Canaan and Syria once invaded Egypt. Try and figure out who the heck the Hyksos were and when precisely they ruled in Egypt. The same could be said of the Jews – when precisely were they in Egypt? No one really knows, it’s mostly speculation. There are even schools of thought that suggest the Jews were never there.
Image source: http://www.ancient.eu/amun/
I suspect much of the reason for our long lasting wars in the Middle East entails the desire of Western “royal” families to seize knowledge and access about ancient human history. If it was about oil these Western provoked wars would have ended long ago.
These wars are not at all humanitarian, about installing democracy or freedom as the ventriloquists of the ruling elite would have everyone believe. Those that believe only do so due to gullibility and/or refusing to take responsibility for doing their own independent research.
Without any doubt, if an entire population of slaves broke free from an empire a tyrant (particularly those tied to deity or worshipped as such) would not just let that word get out and circulate as much a possible! Even all records of a slave class could have easily been destroyed. Plus, if you had competing tribes like the Hyksos who tried to take over Egypt and did, briefly, who knows what records they would destroy and what history they would re-write?
With each new conquest or overthrow, often came a renaming or reframing of the gods. Renaming of the surviving ruling class who are now subjects or slaves by the new tyrants, along with co-opting or installing an entirely new priesthood, would commonly ensue. Hence, part of the reason for the obscurity of reaching far back into history to discover the true meaning of mythological figures is due to all the layers of conquest within Egypt or other location.
Nevertheless, lack of ability to read and research on their own (less access) is common among all slave classes in humanity. Oral tradition gets skewed. Written history does too, co-opted for a preferred blood line or other reasons (certainly this all applies to the ruling class as well).
Humanity more times than not, organizes family blood lines in such a way that the ruling class will always have more access to the knowledge (or at least put on a good show as if they really do) of their family backgrounds and originating matriarchs or patriarchs. In some situations, your family heritage will advance you above other humans. In others, it will block you from opportunity and social advancement.
With the ruling elite, by design, it is part of a strategy to keep the servant classes as servants. This is the predominate practice for nearly all of recorded times of humanity. Reinforcing the myths of the servant category helps to reduce the competition and squelch hope and/or “access” to a better future for these servant families – even the quest for it.
“Servant” is the lot in life for most. “Ruling” is the “divine right,” as is often the case for the few who have more position, power and wealth over everyone else. The “divine,” historically, signifies, as alluded to earlier, that this “privileged” group of humans are in closer positioning to God than other humans, or part God or fully God, depending on the religion.
(The above photo excerpts are above for those who want to delve more into the rabbit trail of the ancient old practice by the ruling elite to maintain power, or acquire more, in various ways, but primarily through lineage.) https://www.press.jhu.edu/books/nagy/PHSMK/chapter6.html
So the thought is, “yes, of course, that family has the authority and right to be above all others and rule.” That is what those who are in power would want you to believe.
We all know this “royal” quest or tradition all too well. This is the essence of our pleasure of the “Cinderella” story retold a million times in various ways in all the novels we read and the movies we watch.
Part of our joyful-anxiety of the tragedy in these stories is when lovers who break with the “royal” tradition and fall in love or even marry in a rogue sort of way. We start rooting for the lovers even if the love seems treacherous or transcends it (the treachery) anyway. “Will this couple make it?” We love this story so much we will pay for it again and again.
As the Genesis narrative begins in the Bible we see many different movements: the presence of God “In beginning” (that’s what the Hebrew says, Moses did not place a definite article “the” in that statement as he easily could have) hovering over chaos; the active, creative and powerful spoken word of God creating and fashioning earth, everything in it and around it; God’s intent for all humanity, both male and female, to rule over all he created on the earth.
This biblical story incorporates both narrative and poetry at the same time. One wonders what sort of events were happening at the time for the authors of Genesis to depict these things in such a way.
The creation story develops further while giving way to a more personal or individual account of the first wife, the first mother, and therefore, her first family for earth.
Scholars are perplexed that creation myths world wide all depict a “mother” or “mother goddess” in their creation accounts.
Anyway one measures it, the mere fact that a designation of “deity” is applied to a mythological figure, even a woman, “ruling domain” is assumed or intended!
There is no human evidence that dates, found anywhere in the world, this far back that atheism even existed. The stories of old are all linked to humanity and their gods.
The biblical story of Adam and Eve, were humans not born like all other humans. At least that’s how it is told.
The Egyptian god, Amun Ra, a powerful chief deity is said to be the god who was not born. All other gods were born in the Egyptian myths.
As one who grew up within Egyptian royalty at the time, Moses was retelling and reframing the established creation myths of the time – through the Egyptian lens.
The first couple were made directly by the hands of God in the Garden of Eden, according to poetic narrative. Neither were “born.”
Links have been made to Isis and Eve, Orisis and Adam, or Atum, even Amun-Ra and Adam.
See source, particularly part 1 and 2: https://youtu.be/imcc-COLRAY
If the slave part of the Mosaic story is true of the Jews, multi-generational slaves in one of the most powerful empires known through all of history, then, this structuring of the creation account is engenious!
Moses is tasked with leading slaves, most of whom would have grown accustomed to the slave institutions. Some “reprogramming” was in order. He links all of these low servant class Jews to important names of the ancient Middle East, ultimately, all the way back to the original divinely made Adam and Eve who were created in the image and likeness of God and together were created to rule over everything in the earth, which is everything God had made.
Suddenly, these Jewish slaves had a compelling link to the divine which they could now see themselves within and envisioned that which was only restricted to the ancient ruling classes of Egypt and the Middle East.
Everyone could rule and should rule, just like their original mother and father, Adam and Eve. Like them, they should rule over everything. Under this “most high God,” all humans are rulers and should, male and female.
Conquering parties over time would obviously scratch, twist or trash this competing ideology. They were not seeking to elevate the society they just conquered into freedom. They were conconquering a people and did not want them, or outside parties watching, to forget what happens to a conquered people. Any glimmers of hope for a “free” reality removed from the grip of the new order were squelched.
If, indeed, God did intend this “everyone is a ruler,” as a core aspect of being divine imagers, then, God’s reluctance to set and appoint a king over Israel later on as seen in the book of I Samuel, chapter 6, begins to make more sense. God calls this desire for a king to rule over them as a rejection of him (verse 7)!
God, through his prophets attempts to dissuade the Jews from being like the other nations and appointed a king over them. They did not need one. They were all to be rulers and live out their lives as such. God did not win this argument. Israel could not be talked out of appointing a king to rule over them.
I should add at this point, Judaism has always looked for male ruling hierarchy to rule over them, not female. It’s not a religion or heritage that brings a clear expression of male and female “ruling” as depicted by Adam and Eve.
Nonetheless, Jews have fared pretty well considering how they have faced defeat and enslavement several times throughout history. They manage to rise back to the top of societies and its all been done without their king!
Compare this to African enslavement and emancipation in Western civilzation. It is one thing to become “free” but there needs to be much more incentive than equality, monetary value, performing with excellence, the quest for better jobs, better education, better working conditions, or better healthcare to truly rise to the top of societies. None of this entails ruling over all God had made, so these other ambitions reflect humanitarian “improvements” while still serving the ruling class and a demanding of a more equitable treatment as “servants” within the framework that the overlords have created and are sustaining.
Whatever the motivations of the founders of the “Black Lives Matter,” the participants are largely protesting the maltreatment of blacks, primarily being exposed to violence by the law enforcers (adding to the constant targeting of this ethnic group that never seems to vanish in white colonialism).
There is no real undergirding or ideological backbone to these movements. The overloads have done a fantastic job of ensuring key histories for these groups are harder to access or at least convince them these are valueless myths that really cannot help anyone now. It is more important to pursue a costly education in order to get a better job and support the correct political party and unions to get what you really need or want within the framework the rulers are providing. Therefore, all discussion and debate are to take place within these parameters.
The continent of Africa fares even worse than the blacks in the West. So many competing histories and religions fueling the vicious cycle. Equality is non existent among their own. It almost seems like someone has infused that continent with a “spell.” They are relentlessly conquered, internally and externally. The Africans ruling the Africans are primarily those supported by the rulers of the Western powers.
Yet, these are the narratives or collective “desires” repeated over and over for all minorities in Western civilzation. Do these really reflect their true desires or are they, like the rest of us, being conditioned to think less about their true background as it relates to Adam and Eve?
As in Western civilzation, the entire global plight of women is similar Africans and minorities in the West. Most of the framed, articulated and fanned desires for a better reality focuses on components related to industrialism and consumerism – gaining better access, equality, employment, pay, rights over their own bodies as to who lives or dies within, and so on, are all tied to a subservient sort of matrix that falls way short of human dominion over what God has made.
The quest for more pay, for instance, is within the matrix of producing potato chips or selling them, manufacturing cell phones, selling houses, pushing pharmacology and medical practices that either sedate or might heal, producing petroleum to inadvertently pollute the air which powers the vehicles to help humans get to their jobs and way of life repeating a similar sort of lifestyle and pattern – very little of which is truly helping women, and the rest of humanity, to rediscover their original heritage, purpose or design.
What if these groups began to protest: “We too are rulers!”? I do believe that sort of ideology would in fact be a true threat.
In an ironic coincidence, the song co-written by the young performer, Lorde, aka, Ella Marija Lana Yelich-O’Connor, “Royals,” bemoans a status and privileged group within Western civilization, entertainers (and some of their songs), and how they often squander what they have earned away into consumerism since arriving into that privileged position in society – indicators of another form of enslavement.
Lorde reveals a candid legitimate longing for every woman, “I will be your queen…,” and for the rest of humanity, “And, baby, I’ll rule.”
Her song became an international hit. At the age of 17, it hit number one in the US in 2013.
An awakening to truly “ruling” requires an awareness of what one’s domain actually is. It is buried in Western society by other values “private property” (a mythical construct), voter rights for pre-selected candidates, better health care coverage and so on – all the enticements of consumerism and industrialization.
Contrasted with Moses and the writers of Genesis, far removed from our popular public conversations is the daily discourse of where we truly come from – from whom did we originate?
Does it really matter who are original mother truly was?
If there are people on the earth who had that information and withheld it from you, or used your ignorance concerning that knowledge as a way to exploit you or distort your own personal cultural heritage, then how would that impact your attitude about our times and situation?
How would knowing your real cultural heritage shape, re-shape or reinforce your current priorities and values?
Back to Adam and Eve.
As mentioned a minute ago, there is a school of thought, based on the archeological evidence, that suspects Isis and Atum Ra, or Amun-Ra (both are gods) of Egyptology are actually depictions of Eve and Adam.
Through the ages, interpretations layered upon interpretations have resulted in a quagmire of confusing and often ambiguous or obscure knowledge of who precisely these two people were.
We have seen their images. When humans ascribe “deity” labels to other humans, it least means special honor, authority and dominion, whether they are, or not, actually “gods.”
It is within the Genesis 1 context, within the ancient Egyptological context during the time of Moses, and the larger Middle East context, that Moses tells us, in poetic fashion, about the first female divine imager, wife and divine co-ruler over everything the God had made, Eve, who is Isis, in Genesis 3.
This is the human link to “royalty,” “ruling,” or the “divine.” In God, everyone was created to rule and have dominion.
Eve, like no other, after the fall, would lose her authority and dominion. To be sure, Adam, would too. But, the story written and passed down by Moses, a man, places the hope of this enormous tragedy within the belly of this woman – motherhood. Everyone would be “saved” by her offspring (the one who crushes the head of the serpent, possibly the line associated with the Egyptian, Apep, who is closely linked to serpents in Egyptology). Some might say “reptilian.” Still others, “Satanic.”
She lost because she was “deceived” and acted upon that deception. While women have and do rule in certain positions of power and authority throughout human civilzations, it is never a lasting phenomenon, and it is rare and normally in diminished fashion compared to the sons of Adam. The world and everything in it is dominated by men, the male divine imagers. It is reinforced by power, certainly not by intellect or moral supremacy.
Their marriage of “pure,” “innocent” love and co-rulership over all of creation would be tarnished by competition now.
This reality comprises the tragedy of the “woman” in the poetic narrative of “The Fall.”
Like the conquering tyrants who overpowered their competition, Adam, renames the woman. Her name would be called “mercifully,” “Eve.”
So much about the human nature of Adam and Eve had been defaced. However, the Egyptian myths say of her (Isis), that she was a woman who was the source of wisdom (Eve’s tree of knowledge?), knew how to heal and resurrect the dead, and the originator of marriage. She was a friend to the ‘sinners’ and the goddess of children and their welfare.
In the Genesis 3 account, God, as noted above, promised her and the world restoration through her “seed.”
Eve wondered at this promise of God and embraced this readily and immediately. In fact, this faith, though not rightfully placed in the person or the timing (God’s choice of person or time), she sees her first born son, Cain, as the “promised” one who would ultimately defeat the serpent and “crush his head,” (ending his life and dominion! Her wonder is often called the “Messianic expectation” by Bible scholars.
As immediately as Genesis 4:1, Moses writes (and this is very important detail and nuance here because the English transliterations and some Hebrew manuscripts supply a word that is not actually in the older Hebrew manuscripts):
Now the man knew Eve his wife and she conceived and bore Cain and said, ‘I have gotten (or acquired) a man, the Lord.’
Commentaries usually steer away from this apparent conundrum. Modern Hebrew and English bibles typically supply the words:
“I have gotten a man with the help of (or, from) the Lord.”
Or, a slight variant of this. They will talk all around it and actually talk about this misplaced faith of Eve in believing her first born child would be the promised seed God told her that would be coming one day.
But highly regarded Hebrew Bible scholars including, Ronald B. Allen, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Walt Kaiser and others all contend for the direct literal translation here from the Hebrew which omits, or never had, the prepositions in the first place.
Even all of these scholars, no matter what position they take on the translation issue, see the compelling human creation role Eve is aware of and plays. She is co-creator of life with God!
She thought she would even co-create the savior of the world. Yet, that would happen to another mother of a later time.
Eve’s wonder of the promise of God was in her “seed” in her womb, which was her hope in the world of profound loss and tragedy. Her hope is our hope too.
She believed God once again. There is much more to learn about Eve, Isis. She is the mother of all. One can learn a lot about her through her children. Egyptology covers that as well. So does the Bible in brief.
One day, there would be a mother, with a correctly placed belief about the words of promise from God about the “seed” in her womb.
Her seed would be the one who said to the Apostle John, in the very last book of the Bible in the very last two chapters of the Apocalypse (meaning Revelation, or Unveiling)
(Don’t be so hard on Eve, your mother, about her own Messianic expectations):
Behold, I am the one who makes all things new…Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true…Surely, I am coming quickly.
~ Revelation 21:5; 22:20