Us Make Man
I am Marduk, god of the Babylonians. Bow thou down before me!
I wot that ye know a different god, namely Yahweh, god of the Hebrews. According to thy Bibles book called Genesis, this Yahweh created the heavens and the earth. Yet ye pretend that there are no other gods or goddesses. I desire to set the record straight.
In Genesis 1:1 ye read, God created the heaven and the earth.
But the Hebrew word translated as God is not the Hebrew word for god, which is el. Rather, the Hebrew word translated as God is the plural form gods, which is elohim. If this verse were translated aright, ye would read, the gods created the heaven and the earth.
Then in chapter 2, verse 4, the creator gaineth a name: the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
Now the LORD God is an euphemism for Yahweh the god. A superstitious Hebrew dareth not speak his gods name aloud. He sayeth instead adonai, meaning the LORD. But I shall call Yahweh by his name. If this verse were translated aright, ye would read, the god Yahweh made the earth and the heavens.
Some of thee claim that the original manuscript of thy Bible is without error. Nevertheless, in the original language, one verse saith the gods created all things whereas another verse saith that only one god, the god Yahweh, created all things. What is the reader to believe?
It is known that the Hebrews borrowed from my people, the Babylonians, a multitude of stories concerning the beginnings of mankind. In one story, our epic Gilgamesh telleth of Utnapishtim. He built an ark to escape a great flood. Thy book of Genesis telleth of Noah. He built an ark to escape a great flood.
But the Hebrews left some things out. Indeed, they left me out.
Let me read from thy Bible, in red letters, and between the verses I shall tell thee the rest of the story as I remember it.
2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the god Yahweh made the earth and the heavens.
In that day a great dispute arose amongst all the other gods and goddesses. We warned that the god Yahweh ought not to do such a foolish thing.
But the god Yahweh answered unto us, Verily, I am divine. Can I not create whatever I set my mind to create? Can I not destroy whatever I set my mind to destroy? Look to thine own affairs. I shall do what I shall do.
1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so.
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Let us not, exclaimed the other gods. One of the chief among us, Enlil, raised up a complaint against Yahweh, saying, Didst not thou make the earth for thine own pleasure, a place to walk in the cool of the day? What need hath thee of a new creature? Moreover, the creature would appear in the likeness of one of us, though it would be not one of us. Such a lie and an abomination ought not to walk upon the earth.
But Yahweh hardened his heart, and he swore to do what he had put his hand to do.
2:7 And the god Yahweh formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
And behold, we other gods mocked the monster that Yahweh had molded, saying, What thou hast formed resembleth us not. The god Ea said, I believe it doth look quite like me. But I said, Not so, for thou hast given it my nose.
2:8 And the god Yahweh planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And I made bold to confront the god Yahweh, saying, Thou hast created heaven and earth and a garden, and in that sandbox thou hast placed a creature and given unto him life. Now thy play must be at an end.
But the god Yahweh had not completed his work. He said, The man must have somewhat to eat. Let there be fruit.
2:9 And out of the ground made the god Yahweh to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of Life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
We other gods cried unto Yahweh, Thou hast surely gone too far. If the man which thou hast made should eat from the tree of Life, he will live forever!
And if the man should eat from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, nothing will be hidden from him. He will no longer merely have the appearance of a god, but will become like us in every way. We gods can abide no rivals.
Fear not, said the god Yahweh. Am I not the mans creator? Verily, he must obey my every command. I shall teach him that he must never touch either of these trees.
The First Commandment
2:16 And the god Yahweh commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat,
2:17 But of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
We reminded the god Yahweh, Forget not the other tree yonder. Thou must likewise command him not to eat of that tree, the tree of Life.
But the god Yahweh heeded us not; for he now had taken in mind to make yet more creatures to move about upon the earth.
2:18 And the god Yahweh said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
2:19 And out of the ground the god Yahweh formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
And in their turn the living creatures came unto the man, asking, Thou hast named us; what is thy name? And he answered them, I am The Man (which is Adam in the Hebrew tongue).
And Adam inquired of the creatures what they found good for food. The cattle answered, We eat the grass that groweth upon the ground. But the grass pleased Adam not.
The birds answered, We eat every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. But the creeping things were an abomination unto Adam.
Then the creatures asked the man, What dost thou eat? He answered, saying, The god Yahweh hath told me I may eat the fruit of every tree that groweth here in the garden. But of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, I must not eat thereof, lest I die.
Now the god Yahweh was not yet satisfied with his creation, for he had failed to make a beast that would be a fit companion unto the man.
2:21 And the god Yahweh caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.
2:22 And the rib, which the god Yahweh had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And behold, the woman was indeed an help meet for the man. She became a wife unto him. He showed unto her the garden and everything that greweth therein, both the fruits which were forbidden and those of which they might freely eat.
Breaking the Commandment
3:1 Now the serpent was more devious than any beast of the field which the god Yahweh had made. And he said unto the woman, Is it true that God hath said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden,
3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
The serpent secretly rejoiced to hear this saying. For if the man and the woman did eat the fruit and were poisoned thereby and did die, then the serpent and the other beasts would inherit the whole garden as a possession. But he told this not unto the woman. Moreover, he revealed unto her that the god Yahweh was a liar.
3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Of course ye shall not die,
3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.
3:22 And the god Yahweh said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. And now, what if he should put forth his hand and take also of the tree of Life, and eat, and live forever?
And the other gods answered, Did we not warn thee that this would come to pass? And we all cried out with a great clamor that Adam must no longer dwell nigh unto the tree of Life.
3:23 Therefore the god Yahweh sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Behold, the time would come when Yahweh would so love the world that he would give his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
But that would not come to pass until after many generations, thousands of years later. Now, in Eden, Yahweh had not yet changed his mind. He loved not the world. He detested the thought that the man he had created might have everlasting life.
3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of Life.
We other gods looked down in derision, we and our sons, to see the man and his wife now wandering homeless upon the face of the earth.
But ere long, the man and his wife did begin to conceive children. And ere long, our sons in heaven did begin to take notice.
6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
6:2 That the sons of god saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
6:4 When they bare children to them, the same became mighty men.
We gods rebuked our sons for having begotten children with those who dwelt on earth. Yahweh also was sore displeased.
6:5 And Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6:6 And it repented Yahweh that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
11:6-7 And Yahweh said, Go to, let us go down.
6:7 I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
And the other gods replied, saying, We told thee so.
(a retelling of early chapters of Genesis)
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stories I've retold in the first person.