The Old Testament in the Light of the Ancient East Volume 1

The Old Testament in the Light of the Ancient East Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...Ancient-Oriental teaching; all knowledge is latent in the Origin of things, is of divine origin, and religion rests upon the transmission of and keeping uncorrupt this knowledge. So far as we know it, the cosmogony of the Avesta says nothing about Primeval Chaos. The World of Light, created by Ahuramazda, is threatened by the World of Darkness, represented by Ahriman, as in the Babylonian cosmogony the world of Anshar is threatened by Tiamat and Kingu. The World of Light is placed as an antithetic creation to the World of Darkness. Between the two is a void space (in the Avesta vayu, in the Pahlavi texts vae), which is the stage for the meeting and combat. According to the most important work of the Pahlavi literature, the Bundehesh (i.e. First Creation), transmitted late, the teaching of which is founded upon old lost Avestic traditions, the combat completes itself in a series of ages. Upon the "infinite age" follows "the ruling age of the long period," twelve thousand years, which Ahuramazda has determined for the rule of the hostile powers, 4 x 3000 years. Before each thousand is placed a sign of the zodiac. This disposition of the ages cannot be located in the Avestic writings at present available. But Plutarch, Is. et Osiris, c. 47 (following Theopompus), gives evidence of it in Persia. 1. Three thousand years of spiritual creation. During this time the pure spirits were created.1 2. In the second three thousand years Ahuramazda creates the six Amshaspands, three on each side of him; each one of the seven is accompanied by the triad Sun, Moon, and Tishtrva. They sit upon golden thrones, and in the calendar of the priests a month (double month?) is sacred to each one, and one day of the month to each one (according to...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502930
  • 9781236502933