Several pre-biblical protagonists appearing in Mesopotamian myths are identified as being fused together and recast as the Garden of Eden's serpent.
From 1854-2010 some Liberal PhD scholars employing... More > an Anthropological viewpoint have suggested that behind Eden's Serpent may be an earlier protagonist appearing in a much different form in Mesopotamian myths. Their proposals are noted as to who this fictional character might have been. The biblical Garden of Eden story is understood to be fictional, a recast of earlier myths about the gods' city-gardens in the Edin of ancient Sumer worked by man on the gods' behalf.< Less
Scholarly proposals are presented for the pre-biblical origin in Mesopotamian myths of the Garden of Eden story. Some Liberal PhD scholars (1854-2010) embracing an Anthropological viewpoint have... More > proposed that the Hebrews have recast earlier motifs appearing in Mesopotamian myths. Eden's garden is understood to be a recast of the gods' city-gardens in the Sumerian Edin, the floodplain of Lower Mesopotamia. It is understood that the Hebrews in the book of Genesis are refuting the Mesopotamian account of why Man was created and his relationship with his Creators (the gods and goddesses). They deny that Man is a sinner and rebel because he was made in the image of gods and goddesses who were themselves sinners and rebels, who made man to be their agricultural slave to grow and harvest their food and feed it to them in temple sacrifices thereby ending the need of the gods to toil for their food in the city-gardens of Edin in ancient Sumer.< Less