Ep 461 – The Complete NEW Book of Abraham

Written by on March 8, 2018

Glenn finishes off chapters 4 and 5 of the NEW Book of Abraham project.  This was read live and discussed with a small audience in Mesa, Arizona, in the first of what will be a regular weekly Wednesday Night Live recording session, open to the general public, from 6:30 to 8:30 on Wednesday nights.  Check the Infant’s Facebook page for details.

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  1. Bliss Doubt   On   March 10, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Wow, Glenn, your interpretation of the creation story contains my theory that bubbled up in my lame brain a few years ago, and which I have tried to explain to people. I think almost nobody understands the story of Adam & Eve. We did start out in a paradise, rich in water and oxygen, teeming with life. As our species progressed we did find more and more ways to interpret meaning in our surroundings until we gave up the animal instinct that brought us that far in harmony with the life around us. We traded animal instinct for what we now see as human thought. We chose to taste of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which in fact means that we created good and evil to justify our advantage, which led to entitlement, judgment, rule making, boundaries, hoarding, ownership, punishment, wars, slavery, and has brought us to the brink of our own destruction of our whole world through our scheme of good and evil. The tree of knowledge of good and evil later became the burning bush that talked to Moses.
    Perhaps we could have lived forever without what we call intelligence, though the universe does seem to show that all things come into being, peak, and die off or dissolve, but we are left pondering the myth and wondering if we gave up life everlasting, in favor of a scheme. I have used your language, saying that I hope some day we’ll taste the fruit of another tree, the one that will cause us to remember our oneness with all life on this planet, bring us into a new harmony and perhaps save us.
    In short, thank you for validating me. Leave your book lying around. Put it in hotel room drawers and leave it at airports and bus stations. You never know. Maybe some day there will be temple ceremonies around this new or lost tree, or better yet, infant circles in the Sacred Glenn. I’m challenged to think how it would go down, but obviously with the tree as the central idea, the tree of rehab from human rampage, human greed and consumption, including self cannibalization. Maybe a baptism in manure.
    Do you think the story of Cain and Abel is the story of conflicts around land use between nomadic sheep herding people and settled farming people?

    • Glenn   On   March 10, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Cool. I’m glad the story resonated with you.
      I think the story of Cain and Abel definitely has some human memory of the shift from hunter gatherer to agricultural social structures in it. If so, it would mean that “god” (the fictional god in my imagination as part of the meaning I am bringing to this interpretation of the myth) — by virtue of his acceptin Abel’s animal offering and rejecting Cain’s wheat offering — is not a huge fan of the changes that happened when our ancestors started disconnecting from the earth as hunter gatherers and started manipulating and exploiting it with the agricultural revolution, taking more than giving back what was being taken.
      If you want to discuss more, shoot me an email at infantsonthrones@gmail.com

  2. Delaney Darco   On   March 17, 2018 at 7:10 am

    That was fun. Now I need to go back and read The book of Abraham verse by verse while listening because I can’t remember what silly made-up names are actually in there, and which ones you made up.

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