Friday, September 12, 2008

Short History 1

People throughout the ages have had both a yearning for God and a curiosity about nature. It may be helpful to look at a very short summary of science and religion history to give perspective for today's comparisons.

Many civilizations of the Earth in these early times believed in multiple gods. The Sumerians by 2500 BC worshipped Mother Goddess Innin and son Tammuz. Egypt in 2000 BC had Isis (picture from Wikipedia s.v. Isis) and Osiris.[i]

The vast times of history before 2000 BC are dim. But in one of the earliest scientific endeavors, Egyptians developed a 300-day calendar with 12 30-day months, then eventually one with 365 days regulated by the sun, moon and stars.[ii]

Also before 2000 BC, Sumerians (who lived in present-day Iraq) were writing on clay tablets with pictograph signs. Egyptians and Sumerians were using copper alloys.[iii]

The Old Testament of the Bible is in part a history of the Jewish people. The book of Genesis proclaims the creation of Heaven and Earth and the first people, Adam and Eve. A man named Tubalcain was the seventh generation after Adam. He was “an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron” (Gen. 4:22, KJV).

To be continued.

[i] Bernard Grun, The Timetables of History, New third rev. ed. (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1991), 2.
[ii] Grun, 3.
[iii] Grun, 2.

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