Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Possible Original Genealogical Table of Genesis 11

Since I have been on the topic of Genesis genealogies for the last couple of posts I found something interesting from Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's visions. This is a little excerpt from her description of Abraham's life is a possible supplement to Genesis 12:10:


But a famine occurred in the land. And Abram descended to Egypt, to sojourn there. For famine prevailed over the land.

Now Blessed Anne:

I also saw Abraham with Sara in Egypt. He went thither in obedience to a command from God; first, on account of the famine; and, secondly, to take possession of a treasure which had been carried there by one of Sara's relatives. The treasure consisted of triangular pieces of gold strung together to form a genealogical table of the children of Noah, and especially of Shem down to Abraham's own time. It had been taken into Egypt by a daughter of Sara's maternal aunt, who had gone thither with a pastoral tribe, some of Jobs lateral descendants, who afterward degenerated into a wild state. She had there hired herself as a servant. She had stolen that treasure as later on Rachel did the gods of Laban.

The genealogical table was made like the scales of a balance hanging on cords. The latter consisted of small triangular pieces strung together, and from them depended single collateral strings. On the gold pieces were figures and letters denoting Noah's, and especially Shem's descendants. When the cords were let down, the various pieces all lay together in the dish. I heard, but I have forgotten, the number of shekels (so the sum is called) to which the whole amounted. This family register had fallen into the hands of Pharaoh and the priests. They made on it various reckonings connected with their own unending chronological calculations, but they never rightly understood it.

This genealogical table which she describes could be the prototype of Genesis 1:11 wherein Abraham's line from Shem is described. It could have been passed down to Moses, and Moses could have copied and recreated it into a second or even third generation script of what we known as Genesis 1:11. The figures and letters on the gold pieces could be the shanah (years) of the ancestors, and perhaps other information. Pharoah and the priests were not able to decipher them since Shem's descendants had their own defined shanah; and with Heber (great grandson of Shem through Arphaxad and Shelah) the pure Hebrew tongue began around the time of the Babel event.

Heber is a direct ancestor of Abraham. The Hebrew letters are called by few: Chaldean. Chaldea is an ancient name for a region of the lower Euphrates and Tigris river valley. Chaldean is also the name of an ancient caste of sages. There is no nation of Chaldea proper at the time of Abraham or any time. There were just scattered tribes settled in a region after the time of Babel. There were some cities in the region. One was Ur. Setting aside the speculation where Ur may have been I will do a little speculative trace of the Hebrew tongue.  Please note that I reject the notion that the Hebrew is of Canaanite origin.  This is a mislabel, or a misunderstanding.  The Canaanites who first settled in the Canaan Abraham migrated to were not of Shem.  They were of Ham. Abraham and his sons probably adopted some of their language but he had his own primitive form of tongue with sound, gesture and most importantly:  traced characters which he brought with him out of Chaldea.  I think Abraham had his own durable proto-script, he passed down to his people.    

Abraham's ancestors were engaged in their work in and around Chaldea. Some of Abraham's direct ancestors came in and settled among the people of Ur. My opinion is that the pure Hebrew tongue was generated by Heber, a real human person, as well as his descendants in or around the ancient region of Chaldea. With the tongue the first form of the traced characters were developed. This is why the pure Hebrew is sometimes (now rarely) called Chaldean: the tongue is associated with the land it sprang up in. Some suggest the Hebrew characters are of Chaldean origin, but there was no Chaldean nation. All there was, were some tribes and cities spread about in a region beyond the Euphrates. 

With the grace of God, Heber was stimulated to a new language around the time of the Babel event. And I am certain Noah and even Enoch had characters which may have gotten passed down to Heber through Shem. Heber likely already had some characters to work with. And then with Abraham's migration, the Pure Chaldean language with its distinct sound, gesture and traced character went its own separate way. It assimilated some elements from Canaan and Egypt but providentially retained a proto-form of the Chaldean alphabet with the design of protecting the elect Hebrews from the Egyptian hieroglyphs with all the idolatry and devilry mixed up in them. 

This proto-alphabet is strong enough to retain its significance through all the endless developments of the characters.  And it used by Moses and the other Jewish writers, such as Samuel, David, Solomon, Isaiah, etc.  Then later the Hebrew tongue is lost at the Babylonian Captivity, and Esdras has the Sacred Scripts marked up so as to protect it from foreign influence.    

But the time Moses appears, the Hebrew language is more developed, and Moses is the first classic Hebrew writer. Moses copied and recreated some primitive documents passed down to him, such as the Book of Job, genealogical tables, the Book of the Lineage of Adam, maybe Genesis 2, etc into a classic Hebrew.  And he wrote other chapters and books such as Genesis 1, Deuteronomy, etc.  

But traces of the pure Hebrew, were also left over in Chaldea and this is how I think branches morphed out from the people who Abraham left behind.  The pure Chaldean morphed and branched out with the movement of other Semites from Heber such as Job a grandson of Heber through Joktan.  An early example of the change is in the episode of Laban and Jacob.  By the time Laban and Jacob meet they each have some of their own words, but they are also able to communicate with one another since their tongue had a common origin in Heber. There was a primitive stock of tongue, with sound, gestures and characters in that region called Chaldea which Abraham's ancestors lived around and from which Abraham migrated.  That is where I think the proto-Hebrew tongue with sound, gesture and traced characters came from.  

The figures and symbols on that genealogical table Blessed Anne describes could have been a mix of symbols left over from the mother tongue and some new Chaldean symbols: some of the first of the Pure Hebrew/Chaldean language.

The Egyptians on the other hand were founded by Mizraim, a son of Ham. Mizraim migrated to the land named after him, i.e. Egypt after the confusing of the tongues at Babel. He and his descendants had their own tongue and made their own signs: the hieroglyphs. This is why Pharaoh and the priests could not understand the family register of Abraham. They could not understand the signs or the shanah: the revolving change of days Abraham's ancestors used.

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