Genesis III | Secrets of Sumerian Stones
Secrets of Sumerian Stones is part III of the Genesis Documentary Study Series by Trey Smith and God in a Nutshell. In this documentary, we will begin the examination of the Sumerian Tablets, and how they point toward the Biblical account of Genesis directly following the Flood of Noah. Also, we will take a journey into the origins and history that would lead up to Nimrod and the Tower of Babel.
Sumerian Tablets Decoded
Secrets of Sumerian Stones | Run-time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Secrets of Sumerian Stones is part three of the extensive Genesis Documentary Study Series by Trey Smith.
In this film, we begin an examination of the Sumerian texts, including how they point toward the Biblical account of Genesis, directly following the Flood of Noah.
Also, we will take you on a journey into the origins and history leading to Nimrod and the Tower of Babel.
Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness — you who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were hewn. +++ Isaiah 51:1 +++
Genesis: Adam to Noah
In the above image are the names of the ten (10) generations from Adam to Noah. The literal meaning of these names if read in order is: Man appointed mortal sorrow, the Blessed God shall come down teaching. His death (God’s death) shall bring the despairing rest and comfort.
Beneath is a table with the same names, from Adam to Noah.
|Mahalalel||The Blessed God|
|Jared||Shall come down|
|Methuselah||His death shall bring|
|Noah||Rest, or comfort.|
Sumerian Tablets and Akkadian Legends
The Epic of Gilgamesh is written in ancient Akkadian. However, the name Gilgamesh appears to come from the Sumerian name Bilgames (????.)
Sumer and Akkad are the two major opening empires of Earth following the flood of Noah. These two major areas (Sumer and Akkad) span the fertile land down the Tigris and Euphrates. They would later become ancient Assyria.
Also, as seen on the map below, just askew of the lands of Sumer and Akkad, lay the land of Elam.
In his epic, Gilgamesh tells us that his father is Lugalbanda, the King of Elam. Lugalbanda may be the Biblical Chedorlaomer of Elam. This would also be supported by the fact that Lugalbanda is clearly referred to, in other texts, as the second-in-command under Enmerkar, the Biblical King Nimrod.
The entire story of Gilgamesh is one of being brought up a rich and oppressive ruler of Uruk (ancient Sumer). His best friend is Enkidu (also called “Dumazid,” and later “Tammuz”).
Enkidu means “Enki created.” Enkidu would later become Tammuz, the Greek god Pan, and then the Baphomet.
In Gilgamesh’s Epic, following the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh goes on a journey to find Utnapishtim.
Utnapishtim is the name for Noah in Akkadian on the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Sumerian Kings List
The Sumerian Kings List, similar to Genesis, records extremely long life-spans before the flood, and also pretty long life-spans after the flood (by comparison with our life-spans today).
Sumerian Kings List Basic Outline
Sumerian Kings List Three Opening Sections Summary
For simplest understanding I have divided up the first three major sections of the Sumerian Kings List into these three parts:
1) Preflood (lines 1-39 of the list)
- This section covers eight (8) antediluvian kings that reigned for a total, according to their Sumerian numeric system, of: 241,200 years. This section is often compared to the ten (10) generations from Adam to Noah, as it does have both similarities and differences.
2) Expansion of families and tribes directly following flood (lines 40-94)
- This section is generally thought to be a dynasty, or a consecutive list of kingships. However, it appears more like (or similar to) what is found in Genesis 10—a listing of families and tribes, sons and grandsons, establishing what would become the small brick-built cities that would eventually be named: Sumer and Akkad.
3) The Empire Rises (lines 95-133)
- Here we see a consolidation of the power of princes, tribes and kings. We see the rise of the Temple on Inanna (E-ana), the diminishment of the city of Kish (Cush,) and the naming titles change to Lord (En) and King (Lugal) in the direct linage of the “sun-god” Utu (likely Ham the Biblical father of Cush.)
- So, just as Genesis 10:8-12 it reads; “Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar. 11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah 12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.
- The same rise and consolidation of power over the tribes, princes and tongues witnessed in both Genesis 10 and 11 appear nearly identical to lines 95-133 of the Sumerian Kings List.
Sumerian Sexagesimal System
It is commonly believed and accepted that the list is using the sexagesimal number system. This means they were using a base of 60, or sexagenary. It is a numeral system with sixty as its base, like later Babylon.
This sexagesimal system, as seen above, makes it particularly difficult for us to understand precisely what they are saying when they give common life-span amounts of years, like: “Dumuzid the shepherd (the same name of Inanna‘s later consort), ruled for 36,000 years.”
Never-the-less, it is clear from the collections of their texts that they are expressing a literal belief that there were incredibly long life-spans before the flood, and also extraordinarily long life-spans, compared to current standards, for a time after the flood.