In the light of modern science, this mass of myth and legend may seem childish and of trifling value, but each age spells its own advance, and the all-important present soon fades into the shadowy and forgotten past. It is therefore in reviving past history that progress is best measured and interpreted. The fancy so prevalent among the ancients that the sun entered the sea each night with a hissing noise seems to us utterly foolish and inane, but let us not ridicule past ages for their crude notions and quaint fancies, lest some of the cherished ideas of which we boast be transmuted by the touch of time into naught but idle visions.
It is therefore important for the student of history to study the past in all its phases, and whatever can be brought to light of the lore of bygone ages should have for us a charm and should find a place in our intellectual lives.
The Sun Lore of All Ages - eBook
Though the resemblance of early Sumerian tradition to that of theHebrews is striking, it furnishes a still closer parallel to thesummaries preserved from the history of Berossus. The huge figuresincorporated in the latter's chronological scheme are no longer to betreated as a product of Neo-Babylonian speculation; they reappear intheir original surroundings in another of these early documents, theSumerian Dynastic List. The sources of Berossus had inevitably beensemitized by Babylon; but two of his three Antediluvian cities findtheir place among the five of primitive Sumerian belief, and two ofhis ten Antediluvian kings rejoin their Sumerian prototypes. Moreover,the recorded ages of Sumerian and Hebrew patriarchs are strangelyalike. It may be added that in Egypt a new fragment of the PalermoStele has enabled us to verify, by a very similar comparison, theaccuracy of Manetho's sources for his prehistoric period, while at thesame time it demonstrates the way in which possible inaccuracies inhis system, deduced from independent evidence, may have arisen inremote antiquity. It is clear that both Hebrew and Hellenistictraditions were modelled on very early lines.\*\*\* For more titles like this one, type into the search field: Body and Soul Publications \*\*\*
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William Tyler Olcott