> I am certainly not objecting to engaging in a
> discussion on the Epic of Gilgamesh. I have read
> the "poem" numerous times by different translators
> and am quite familiar with its content. In fact, I
> love the Epic.
> My point is, as I have stated upstream, that the
> "poem" was never a poem as such, but is a
> narrative cobbled together from a number of
> disconnected parts - broken cuneiform tablets. It
> is far older than 1800BC and Babylon. It may have
> originally been only an oral narrative. It is also
> obvious that there are numerous correspondences
> with the Old Testament and even to the new.
> Furthermore, one cannot cherry pick information
> from a document, or reframe it, to suit one's
I am as impatient with cherry picking as anyone. But pulling out passages that may describe Lebanon is not cherry picking. If there were passages that possibly describe Egypt you can bet the ranch Egyptologists would pull those out.
> My contention is that the Epic is a mystical
> revelation which has been handed down over
> centuries. It seeks to explain the Meaning of Life
> and Death, and how to ascend to a higher plane.
> Everything in the epic occurs within the human
> body. It is the forerunner of most ancient
> spiritual practices. It is not to be read as an
> historical or quasi-historical document. The
> events in the epic never occurred in real life.
How would you know if it did or didn't occur in real life? And how would you know if it were the forerunner of ancient spiritual practices? I don't know what to say about your new age metaphysical viewpoint. Not everything happened inside the body, cedar forests grew inside? That's taking metaphor to an extreme.
> A discussion on the ancient origins of Baalbek
> will not profit by linking with the Epic as a
> source document for the purposes of location.
That remains to be seen.
> However, the practices, which may have been
> carried on at the ancient Temple of Baal, could be
> incorporated into such a discussion.
Sorry but I don't see the relevance of new age metaphysical sacred rites to cedar forests.