[By Paul Humber, first posted at CR Ministries.org]
Could this post-Akkadian cylindrical greenstone seal be depicting:
- a Tree
- Forbidden fruit
- and a Snake?
That’s five out of five, and there’s not much else except seats. It dates to around 2,200 BC and is in the British Museum.
Do the horns on the “man” disqualify him from being human? Men like to wear horns even today signifying strength of power.
In the Chaldean account of Genesis by George Smith, of the Department of Oriental Antiquities, British Museum, NY, Scribner, 1875, pp 90‒91, we read,
One striking and important specimen of early type in the British Museum collection has two figures sitting one on each side of a tree holding out their hands to the fruit, while at the back of one is stretched a serpent. We know well that in these early sculpture none of these figures were chance devices, but all represented events or supposed events, and figures in their legends; thus it is evident that a form of the story of the Fall, similar to that of Genesis, was known in early times in Babylonia.”
Why would this be the case?
Because the Fall really happened, and Adam and Eve would have reported it to their many children.
The same is true of the Flood account; which was also reported in Babylon. In fact, Smith was a main translator of it.
Unbelieving skeptics, denying the historicity of the Bible, will try to explain away the connection, but the authority Smith didn’t miss the connection!
What does this have to do with Jesus?
He created Adam and Eve. He spoke the words forbidding them to eat of that tree. He also is the One who promised His own coming to save humanity (Genesis 3:15). He did come. He’s my Savior. Will you trust Him?