I heard the Yiddish word fercockt during my work on the Obama campaign used by some Jewish volunteers. It means screwed-up. It’s a good adjective to describe that ancient set of tribal writings that somehow came to be honored as ‘the word of God.’ Bupkes! Think of all of those people appearing in court who placed their hand on the Bible, swearing to tell the truth. The irony is amazing in that the Bible tells myths- myths that were stolen and twisted. Yes twisted. Twisted and untrue.
Thousands of years before the Jewish scribes put words onto parchment, the Sumerians wrote the epic of Gilgamesh, written on 12 cuneiform clay tablets. The events of the story may have been told 5500 years ago, a time that seriously predates the first book of the Bible thought to have been written 3000 years ago. Thus, any similarities in the two works means that the later edition was a copy of the earlier one. It is plagiarism because the Hebrews do not source their tales to the Sumerians.
Worse yet, they edit the story to suit their culture. And far worse, they pin it all on to God!
Two Genesis stories were taken directly from Gilgamesh: the Great Flood and the Garden. Strangely, these stolen stories appear back to back in Gilgamesh, but the Hebrew scribes split them into two distinct and unrelated events. Further, all female Goddesses were edited out. Not only were god-like women expunged, women themselves became evil, dirty and unworthy through the writings of the misogynistic scribes. Lastly, the Sumerian custom of snake-worship was perverted into something cursed by ‘God’ and pinned on Eve. She and the snake get blamed for the downfall of mankind.
So much for women. In fact, the Hebrew scribes created and nurtured a vicious misogyny in our Bible-based civilization, one that patriarchal versions of Christianity still implicitly endorse with their male-only clergy. The fall-out from this scriptural distortion today denies women a place in the functioning of many churches and in all Roman Catholic churches.
This week, interestingly, with the resignation of the Pope, an all-male group of clergy will select the next Pontiff. Bets are that the new one will continue to perpetrate this millennial hoax- the fercockt version of the Sumerian myths.
William Sierichs, Jr. in his book, Constitution – Loving, Anti-Fascist, Patriotic, * Anti-superstition, Really-Angry, Secular Humanist, writes:
All Christian theology boils down to a simple statement: a talking snake made me do it.
It’s fundamental to Christianity that because the snake misled Adam and Eve, the human race became inherently corrupt, and all of our crimes and “sins” followed, which is why the loving, merciful Christian god is going to torture the human race in the most agonizing way possible forever and ever, amen.
Our only chance of escape, Christians tell us, is to believe without reservation that the vast intellect that created and controls a universe stretching at least 12 billion light years in every direction came to earth as a mortal, allowed himself to be killed, spent three days in hell, and thereby redeemed those of us who believe in Jesus Christ… or who are baptized in his name… or who do good deeds… or who are “born again”… or who were predestined by god from before all creation… or….
Well, exactly how we are to be saved from endless, excruciating torture is not quite clear, considering how important it’s supposed to be. Different biblical passages give different versions of “the only way to salvation.” Let’s hope god comes back in time to clear up for us just exactly how to make the right bet in the great Casino of Religious Fates so that we can sit and eat popcorn in the heavenly bleachers while watching everyone who bet wrong writhing in agony far below in God’s Gulag.
Sierichs concludes this passage: “It’s long overdue for civilized people to tell Bible-worshipers to hiss off and take that talking-snake fable with them.”
It was when when the Jews left their Babylonian captivity that the corruption of the Sumerian myths began in earnest. Most everything that their captors believed became debased, women especially. Take that rib scene in Creation Story II. By the way, do bible-thumping Christians ever wonder why there are 2 creation stories in that thumped book? Or Adam’s first wife, Lilith? Huh?
Yes Liluth who ‘displeased’ Adam. Could she have been taken from the epic of Gilgamesh, too? According to the tale, Lilith (Belit-ili) was the screech owl goddess, a sort of winged demon associated with the night. She made her nest in the huluppa tree that grew along the bank of the Euphrates. It was uprooted by wind and flood, and found and planted by Inanna in her holy garden. It was cut down by Gilgamesh to make a throne for Inanna, causing Lilith to fly away to the wild lands.
Quite the twist as one reads the ‘holy’ Bible.
to be continued…