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If this is so, then the Pison (Pishon) may have been a tributary of the Euphrates, flowing into its lower stretches from Havilah to the south and west. It may riot have been an important stream and, in the gradual desiccation of the area that has taken place in recent ages, it may have disappeared. ) And what about Ethiopia? That is far off in Africa. The Hebrew word, which is here translated as Ethiopia in the King James Version, is â€˜*GushUndoubtedly, 'there are occasions in the Bible where Cush does indeed refer to the region south of Egypt and where it is justifiably translated as Ethiopia.
Is it possible that the verses given over to Enoch are all that remains of some Babylonian sun myth? What is meant by saying that Enoch walked with God and was not is uncertain, but later traditions,made it clear that the usual interpretation was that he was taken up alive into heaven as a reward for unusual piety. It was supposed by the Jews of post-Exilic times that in heaven, Enoch was able to see the past and future of mankind. C. , several books were written purporting to have come from the pen of Enoch, describing this pa$t and future.
I put "Semitic" in quotes because actually Elam was not Semitic in the modem sense; its language being of uncertain affiliation, and certainly not Semitic. However, its propinquity to Semitic Babylonia and Assyria and its long connection with both (if only through perennial war) fulfilled the Biblical criterion of the word. Almost to the very end of the Assyrian period, Elam was the great unconquered adversary of Assyria, so that it deserved being listed as an independent son of Shem. And since it,,was clearly the more ancient it deserved being listed as the eldest.
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