and the EVOLUTION of LANGUAGE
by Dale Brown
The evolution of language and how it effects our present understanding of literature throughout history is enormous.
All alphabets derived from the original Semitic alphabet. It was adapted in one form or another by other cultures. Aleph, beth became the Greek alpha, beta and eventually became "alphabet." Much of the history of the Semitic people (Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians, Phoenicians, etc.) is recorded in the Bible.
This evolution and the various cultures involved has effected our religious convictions and customs. Our understanding of the most important rituals of the Christian faith are influenced by words that may or may not have any real root in Christianity, and are often defined in pagan terms. This is not to say that our religion has been perverted, for a rose by any other name will smell as sweet.
To some this mere thought may come across as blasphemous, yet the evidence of one language bleeding over into another has been the case since the beginning of time.
Hermeneutics, the science of studying Biblical languages has an interesting origin. Hermes was the Greek mythological god who was typified as a great communicator or interpreter of the gods. Going back in history in Egypt the word "Hermes" means "son of Her or Ham," the "burnt one" in ancient Chaldean. To him came Cush, the father of Nimrod who built Babylon where the languages were scattered as a result of a great apostasy. Strangely enough the Egyptian kings, Ramesses and Thothmes meant "the son of Ra," (Sun) and son of Thoth. From this linguistic derivative comes the name of the Egyptian born Jew, Moses, to draw forth "child or son of." Some of these characters from Babylon came to be deified in the form of Greek Olympian gods. Hermes the interpreter became Mercury, (the slippery silvery metal) the Greek god with a silver tongue. Cush became Bel, the confounder (Chaldean) also known in Greek as Chaos the "god of confusion." Cush was the father of those who caused the confusion of the world’s languages.
EGGS, FISH AND BUNNIES
There is good reason why the modern Jew and Jehovahs Witnesses question the connection of the Passover feast with the Christian Easter celebration. The word Easter, which we commonly identify with the Passover feast of Israel in reality has nothing to do with the traditional Jewish Passover nor is it of Christian origin. The Greek word for Passover pasch has been mistranslated in the King James version of the Bible (Acts 12:4). Easter in fact comes from the Canaanite and Chaldean fertility goddess Astarte (or Ishtar, depending on your linguistic origin) the queen of heaven. It was these cults that God warned his people about in the Old Testament (Jere. 44:15-19, 2 Kgs. 23;13).
Because the springtime of the year brings forth new growth the fertility cults had their spring rituals, which at times were mistakenly identified with the spring Passover celebration of the Jewish religion. Rabbits, eggs and fish (who have thousands of eggs) have therefore been used as symbols of fertility throughout the ages. Modern Pagans and Wiccans make quite an issue of some of this history.
One Roman sexual goddess was called Venus, from her name derived the word "venereal" (as in venereal disease). The Romans held Friday (die veneris, or "day of Venus") sacred. Our English word Friday comes from the old German word Fria (goddess) and Old English daeg (day). Oddly enough the fish was regarded sacred to her. All mixed up in this strange history some Christian traditions have made it a practice of eating fish on Friday. The fish also became a symbol of Christianity because of various events in the gospels having to do with fish, thus we see them (even some with legs) glued to the bumpers of automobiles. Often inside the fish symbol is seen the Greek word for fish ichthys, which has become an acronym for Iesous Christos Theo Hyios Soter, ‘Jesus Christ, of God the Son, Savior.’
Though some of this tradition is innocent enough it makes one wonder about the tradition of kissing the Pope’s fish-ring. (Oh, but Peter was a fisherman). The Pope’s suspicious wearing of a mitre cap is of the same style worn by the priest of the fish-god Dagon in ancient Mesopotamia, which represents the open mouth of a fish. The Bible is clear on how God felt about Dagon (1 Sam. 5). The Holy Spirit literally tore down the statue of Dagon.
The resurrection of Christ was accomplished by the power of God. Power in Greek dunamis is where we get the word dynamite, which, shines new light on Paul’s words, "For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." "And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God" (1 Cor. 1:18, 2:4&5).http://youtu.be/kmpM7eliSxg