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  • Dr. David Neiman

Genesis, Chapter 5 - Notes

1Brown, Briggs and Driver, Dictionary of the Old Testament

2Apollodorus, The Library, vol. II, vii, 2 (Loeb Classical Library, vol. I, p. 55 and notes.) See also Ovid, Metamorphoses, I, 125-415, and VII, 353ff.

3Genesis 6:3.

4Quotation of Zeus limiting human life to 110 years

5Emil G. Kraeling, in JNES vol. 6 (1947), p. 205

6Thorkild Jacobsen, The Sumerian King List.

7Sumerian King list, specific pages

8Hellenos, in The Library of Apollodorus, I, vii, 2 (LCL, I, 57)

9Pyrrha and Deucalion, Ibid.


11Birth of Zeus and Hera, in Theogony and Apollodorus' Library.

12Canaanite Mythology: Divine-Demi-God-Human

13Babylonian Mythology: Aruru-Adapa-Awelu

14Specific citations from Sumerian King List

15Genesis 6:3

16Eusebius, Chronicle, Babylonian King List

17Ut-Napishtim in Gilgamesh Epic

18Skinner, "Hasis-Atra," on page 137.

19Aruru, from Gilgamesh Epic

20Legend of Adapa

21Frequently read amelu, especially in later cuneiform inscriptions.

this pronunciation is the probable source of the Greek transliteration of the name Awel-Sin (probably Amel-Sin) to Amempsinos in the Greek version of the Babylonian King List.

22List some of the heroes who are children of gods and women or children of men and goddesses.

23Hesiod, Theogony

24They are called Nephilim (ohkhpb), implying that they were "the fallen ones." In view of the circumstances of their being conceived by women who lay with gods, they are also described as "Heroes," (ohrucd) and the period of their heroic deeds is referred to as "Me'olam," (okugn) meaning "in ancient times past." They were also the well-known "Men of renown."

(oav habt). The tone of the account also implies that these heroic figures of the past are not individuals of whom the biblical writer is proud. They are not looked upon as "heroic" in the positive sense.

25Homeric figures who are also (ohkhpb), (ohrucd), (oa habt), who lived a long time ago (okugn).

26Cite inut = "craftsman," in later Hebrew. Mishnah Baba Metzia and search Ben-Yehudah's Thesaurus.

27Genesis 4:22.

28Gilbert Murray, Five Stages of Greek Religion

29Ezekiel 8:14.

30Unless Megalaros is a Greek mistransliteration of the Hebrew Mahal-El. But this is a rather remote possibility.

31En-me-dur-an-ki is the beloved protegé of the God Shamash.

Find this reference.

32E.g. in the preamble to the Code of Hammurabi. The portrait sculpture at the top of the monumental diorite monolith of the Code of Hammurabi shows Shamash, the sun-god and god of Law, handing the laws to his obedient servant, Hammurabi, King of Babylon.

33Genesis 5:21-24.

34John Skinner, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Genesis (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917), vol. I in "International Critical Commentary to the Bible." p. 137.

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