Historical Genesis

From Adam To Abraham

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King Ashurbanipal

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Wall panel represents Ashurbanipal, king of Assyria (668-626 BC). He was a direct descendant of Ashur who "builded Nineveh" (Gen. 10:11), and for whom Assyria is named. It was Ashurbanipal who collected and stored a treasure trove of clay tablets in his library.

It was the Assyrian king himself who decided which pieces of literature were important enough to copy for posterity. Candidate material included writings from before the flood. We might have found them fascinating, but the king was unimpressed. These are his words:

"I study stone inscriptions from before the flood, which are obtuse, obscure and confused."

Thus we are deprived of any boring pre-flood literature.