Black Theology

The Mysteries of Eden

Shahidi Islam – Scholar, Author and Activist

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And mad respect to London;

When we think of paradise most of us think of Adam and Eve in the garden naked and unashamed. We mostly see a white couple similar to those painted from the time of the Renaissance belly button included.

Yet the story of Adam and Eve contains a lot more mystery than at first glance. To fully understand some of the secrets contained in the story of Adam and Eve we shall now go into this classic tale and explore the more intricate parts.

First of all, it says in Genesis, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2: 7).

A few things can be learned from this verse. Firstly, when it says God formed man the word used for man is Adam. Adam basically translated as man, or even deeper, it was a masculine and feminine plural word. So Adam basically translated as humans.

Adam actually in fact goes deeper still. The word Adam comes from the root admah which means soil, ground and earth and is actually the word used in this very verse for the ground from whence God got the dust.

It also comes from the root dam, which translates as the word blood, thus becoming the place whence we get the concept of flesh and blood. Consequently, Adam, or humanity, was always both male and female (masculine and feminine) and was a mixture of soil and blood.

Going deeper still, the word used in this verse for dust is the word aphar, which actually translates as mud, clay or ashes. In fact, this part of the creation story comes from ancient African traditions rooting all the way back to ancient Egypt.

In Africa the tradition that humanity was created by God from mud or clay is as common as tribal storytelling itself. It is one of the most ancient stories and it only makes sense in Africa. There is no white mud.

In Egypt it was based on the god Khnum, who formed the body and the soul of humanity on his potter’s wheel from clay and wind. Moses obviously knew this story having learned it in Egypt when he was growing up.

This African tradition was kept alive through Moses and passed on to the Hebrews, another black tribal people, to explain their origins. We are made of the same chemicals and elements that make up the earth.

Next, we shall explore the concept of the breath of life. Basically, breath of life should not be considered breath in the lungs, or even in the nostrils, though such has been used in conjunction with the breath of life.

(The word for nostrils in Hebrew is aph, which can also mean face or more importantly forehead. This is interesting as the word translated as breath of life when it is used in conjunction with the word nostrils is neshamah, which actually means intellect or divine inspiration – as opposed to the word ruakh, which translates from Hebrew as wind, breath or spirit).

Effectively, what God gave Adam on the day he was created was a symbol on the forehead. But why the forehead? Firstly, when Revelations 14: 4 speaks of the seal of the hundred and forty four thousand it says that the Father’s name was written on their foreheads.

Basically, it is the Father’s signature on their foreheads: and God’s signature has historically been a demonstration of his power. So, the question could be asked again: what is the significance of the forehead?

The only apparent answer would be that it is the location of the third eye. The signature of God is thus the opening of the third eye allowing for the ability to see into the astral realms at will.

This truth is apparent in that the Lamb that the hundred and forty four thousand walk with has seven eyes. Still, like with all signatures there is a double signing. So what was the signing of humanity? We’ll get into that later.

The last part of the verse says humanity became a living soul. Again, the word used for living is khay, which translates as life, fresh, strong and nature and is the root of the word Khavvah, which is the Hebrew version of the name Eve.

Then there is the Hebrew word used here for soul, which is nephesh and translates as animal, pleasure, vitality and sensuality. The soul is therefore an animal sensuality. All this is connected, as, God signs with third eye vision and humanity signs back with an animal sensuality.

If we continue on with the Scripture it says further down, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2: 15).

Two things can be gleaned from this verse. Firstly, the Hebrew word for garden is the word gan, which in its feminine is the word gennah. Why this is important is that in Arabic the word for paradise is Jennah. All Muslims hope to one day reach Jennah where they will be at peace.

Secondly, the word Eden in its Hebrew translation means delight, luxury, pleasure and voluptuousness and in its feminine is the word Ednah, which actually means sexual pleasure. Basically, Eden is and was a sexual paradise.

If we return again now to the neshamah we find it is more than an animal sensuality, it is in actual fact the libido that is the root of our sensuality. Adam, or humanity, dwelt in Eden, or a sexual paradise where they were able to live the full expression of their libido or neshamah.

So, based on the story Moses gave to the Hebrew people, God breathed into humanity libido so that they could dwell in Eden, a sensual paradise. And if you have read The Black Heaven you would know that heaven itself is also a sensual paradise filled with light exhibitionism and sexual acts.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2: 16, 17).

Here we come to one of the greatest mysteries of all: the mystery of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Most people think that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a tree of just plain knowledge. Some think it was a tree of the knowledge of sexuality, but as we have seen, humanity knew about sex and sexuality long before they ate the fruit.

So what is the mystery of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? First of all, we must look into its similitude: the tree of life. In Proverbs we read, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit” (Proverbs 15: 4).

Basically, the tree of life is a person who brings goodness. So what is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? A person who brings perverseness. But it is deeper still.

Firstly, the word used for knowledge is the word yada, which actually means instruction, guidance and prognostication. The reason this is important will become clearer as we study further verses but for now let’s move on to the good and evil part.

So is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil really just a person with guidance on good and evil? Let us see. The words good and evil translate as Tob Ra. Sounds pretty basic till you remember that the Egyptian word for god is the word Ra.

Now it becomes the tree of instructions about the Egyptian god concept. Going deeper still, the Egyptian word for heart is ab, the Egyptian word for knowledge is yiadja and Egyptian words become their feminine singular by adding a t at the end.

Accordingly, in its Egyptian we would have the tree of yiadjat ab Ra, or the tree of the knowledge of the heart of Ra. And as tree is symbolic in this case for a person, we can see that listening to a guide or prognosticator expounding the secrets of Ra was forbidden.

I shall next go into two final Scriptures before I complete this blog: “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

“And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Genesis 2: 21, 22).

What I want to concentrate on here is two things: First, the word used here for sleep is the Hebrew jashen, which can also mean to die or be extinct. Second, the word for rib is the Hebrew tsalah, which basically means body but can also mean composition.

What we can gather is that one form of humanity died off and an evolved form took its place. Or looked at another way we see that one of similar body type was taken from humanity as they died to self and being brought before them brought about their resurrected.

That was probably a bit confusing but know that Adam did not have two ribs, they merely had two groups male and female; and God brought before the male humans the female humans. But in the symbolic sense they had to die before they could receive them.

Finally, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

“But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3: 1-5).

Now we come to the interesting part. The word used here for serpent is nakhash. But nakhash can mean other things too, such as: smith, metalworker, bronze one, magician, sorcerer, enchanter, diviner, one who knows secrets or prognosticator.

Also the word used for midst is the word tavek, which means centre, but also means to sever, divide or tear apart. Basically, Adam, both the man and the woman, were to beware of any person sharing guidance based on the mysteries of Egypt as it might tear them apart.

This was a Hebrew lesson for Hebrew people based on Moses’ Egyptian upbringing. But he didn’t want the Hebrews to learn the lessons of Egypt lest it tear them apart and divide them as it did the Egyptians.

The Egyptians had several schools based on several gods. Each school thought their school was the best. The five top schools were those of Heliopolis, Hermopolis, Memphis, Elephantine and Thebes. Each had their own traditions. What Moses did was combine all five into the Hebrew traditions of Genesis.

Thus Adam and Eve lived in their sexual paradise free to, not necessarily be naked but at least practice light exhibitionism, then they learned lessons either based on or that would become the mysteries of Egypt, lessons that were too deep for them and they felt unclean.

For the record, the Egyptians were obsessed with cleanliness, of face, teeth, breathe, body, private parts, clothes, house, et cetera. They believed that a clean physical presence could lead to a clean heart or ab as it was the ab that was judged after death.

Mystery lessons like this were too much for the sensually and spiritually beautiful Adam and Eve and they fell, after having learned from a prognosticator the depths of these mysteries.

Thus we see that Eden is, firstly, a sensual paradise; and, secondly, very close to ancient Egypt, so close in fact that the mystery lessons of Egypt were both a tree of life and a tree of knowledge. For a deeper understanding of these things feel free to purchase my book Black Divinity from this website when you can.