Hello all my good friends. I just finished writing the first draft of my novel. Lots of work, but a lot of fun too. Hopefully the publishers will like it and it will get to the book stores for you all to read.
Writing is a wonderful tool and I can’t imagine not being able to read or write. So how long has mankind been able to write?
Or maybe the better question is, did God teach Adam and Eve to read and write? Let’s see what we can find out:
Most people think that ancient cave art was the first attempts of man’s written communication. Especially since twenty six specific markings have been documented including a hand, a wavy line, and a spiral, and matching markings have been found on several Ice Age jewelry.1 After all, what could be older than ‘cave man’ picture writings.
Now let’s put on our biblical reality glasses. Number one; we know ‘cave men’ were not half ape, half human creatures or even the first ‘fully human’ people. Number two; we know that ‘cave men’ were people just like us who had been driven out of the city of Babel after the confusion of languages. The easiest place to dwell, as the people who now spoke a different language tried to make a living, would be in ready-made shelters…caves. Number three. People already knew how to read and write before the confusion of the language at the tower of Babel.
Scripture indicates that the very first humans were able to read and write. “Since only Adam could have personal knowledge of all the events in Genesis 2, 3 and 4, it is reasonable to conclude that this section was originally written by him.”2 “Adam may have even signed his own name at the end of his written portion of Genesis (Genesis 5:1a), recorded as ‘This is the book of the generations of Adam.’"3
And Adam wasn’t the only one. “Later Noah added his record of the antediluvian patriarchs, signing it: "These are the generations of Noah" (Genesis 6:9). The account of the Ark, the Flood, and the Noahic prophecy on his sons was written by "the sons of Noah" (Genesis 10:1). The post-Flood records were kept by Shem, Terah, Isaac, Jacob, and probably Joseph, each normally terminating his record by the standard closing phrase: "These are the generations of ... " (Genesis 11:10,27; 25:19; 37:2; Exodus 1:1). All these record tablets were eventually collected and edited by Moses into the book of Genesis.”4
Do we have any archeological findings of ancient pre-flood writings? Interestingly enough, we just might. On a trip to Mount Ararat, Dr. John Morris took several pictures of rocks that contain pre-cuneiform inscriptions. One is even on a rock near an ancient altar in the ahora Gorge, located on the north side of Mount Ararat. There are several places where undeciphered inscriptions on rocks were found within the Ahora Gorge (see pictures). Could these have been engraved by Noah or his sons? It is possible since cuneiform writing is thought to be the earliest form of inscription (the Elba tablets actually translate an ancient form of Hebrew[paleo-Canaanite] to Sumerian indicting this was after the confusion of languages at the tower of Babel). So the inscriptions engraved on the rock in the Ahora Gorge being 1)undecipherable, 2)in the location near the resting place of the ark, and 3)being of ancient origin, may very well be of the pre-flood language.
And we know that God has books in heaven (i.e. the book of life). So we know there are written records there and it is reasonable to think the Lord would have passed this knowledge on to Adam. So how long has writing been around…pretty much since the beginning!
Amazing how our history comes together when we jar the facts to realign them correctly, using the bible as our guide.
Take care and God Bless,
In the night time skies this week Friday the 24th is the first quarter moon!
2,4Notes for Genesis 5:1, Morris, H. M. 2006. The New Defender's Study Bible. Nashville, TN: World Publishing, Inc..