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XVI. THE BABYLONIAN PRIESTS

One fact, little commented upon in modern works on ancient Babylonia and
Egypt, is the tremendous power possessed by the priests who were
responsible for the inscriptions. Yet to my mind, unless we appreciate the full
significance of this fact, we cannot hope to unravel the intricacies of the
historical material left behind by them. It is not always realized that the
literature and art of those countries were entirely in their hands for at least
2,000 years before Christ; and that they could therefore hand down as much
or as little of their history as they chose. Speaking of the Babylonian
inscriptions, Professor Maurice Jastrow says:

"It was throughout the temple schools and for the temple schools that the
literature which is wholly religious in its character, or touches religion at
some point was produced... the functions of the priests were differentiated,

and assigned to several classes... diviners, exercisers, astrologists,
physicians, scribes and judges of the court to name only the more
important... the power thus lodged in the priests of Babylonia and Assyria
was enormous. They virtually held in their hands the life and death of the
people." (Religion of Babylonia and Assyria. M. Jastrow, Professor of Semitic
Languages, University of Pennsylvania.) These all-powerful priests were the
hereditary conspirators, the custodians of the Golden Cup - the legacy of
Cain. They, as we have seen, are known to have possessed from the time of
Sargon a language resembling Hebrew, and the art of cuneiform writing, and
could therefore have left behind them a clear and detailed history; instead of
which, they left confused and almost undecipherable inscriptions written in a
mongrel dialect. What but a desire to mystify could have prompted such
apparent stupidity, or the following equally irrational custom adopted by
them and described by Professor Jastrow:

"The inscriptions upon the bricks found in the library of Assurbani-pal were
copies of very much older writings collected from all parts of Babylonia
belonging to a great literary movement which took place in the time of
Khammurabi (circa 2000 B.C.) when the prevailing myths, religion and
science of the day were embodied in numerous works; and the later
Assyrians and Babylonians were content to copy these writings instead of
making new work for themselves." (Religion of Babylonia and Assyria.) What
but my theory can explain why the scribes of Assurbani-pal's reign devoted
their time and energy to copying earlier works referring to past events and
characters? If, as I contend, Cain armed with superhuman knowledge and
power, came into Babylonia bringing with him the marvelous story of the
Creation of the world and the Garden of Eden, how tame by comparison must
the later history of Babylonia have seemed, and how insignificant its later
monarchs. No wonder the old times were perpetually harped upon in
inscriptions in which are veiled allusions to Adam and Eve - the Fall of Adam -
Eve's sorrow for Abel and her anger against Cain - the coming of Cain to
Babylonia and his alliance with the Devil. These illusions are cloaked in the
form of mythology which originated (as I hope to show) in Cain's travesty of
the truth in transferring the Divine attributes of the Creator to three false
gods, whom he called Anu and Ea, after his parents, and Bel, after the Devil.
The monotheistic inscriptions to be produced later, prove that the knowledge
of the One God had reached Babylonia at the beginning of history, and St.
Paul says that, although "from the Creation of the World," God had made
Himself

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