No, this is not about how God got ancient men be his secretaries and how wonderful the world will be when every knee is bowed. What it is about is the history of the writing. In our modern world, writing is 6,000 years old. Actually, it is closer to be being 6,500 years old! It’s an infant by homosapien standards since members our species have walked the planet for nearly 200,000 years. That’s a difference of about 193,500 years that homosapiens much like us didn’t have writing to share their thoughts with others.
Think of many generations of homosapiens that fill those 193,500 years. I am so thankful to be living in the 21st century! How did our ancestors remember all the things to do lists? They surely had things to remember to do, except for the tools how we use, they were like us but without the wonder, and convenience of writing!
Based upon current understanding the inspired words of the Bible is the word of God. The first signs of writing (found so far in the archaeological record) were used for recording how much there
was. Genesis 10:1 even lists the records of generations, counting had arrived in the record of homosapiens! Like, in the Pre-dynastic (mid-late 4th millennium) counting records from areas exploited by Upper Egyptian rulers (Wilkinson, 1995:44). While it is Mesopotamia, where the earliest recording of the bulla tokens (mid 4th millennium) are currently understood to represent types of goods and their numbers are the first representations of writing (Postagate, 2002: 51—55).
From these earliest accounts of writing in the 4th millennium, writing then went into the temples of the gods, where it was developed into something more along the lines of what we recognize as real writings 3rd millennium. It was in the temples, scribes or those able to afford an education for their most promising sons got to learn about the magic of letters. Somewhere about the middle of the 3rd millennium in Egypt and we can think Mesopotamia as well. Wisdom Texts came into existence, teachings from the temple priests. It is these texts that many modern scholars admit similarities exist in parts of the Iron Age Bible (Proverbs). These texts instilled cultural understandings of morality from the literate generations instead of the traditional parent to child teachings that homosapiens had used for centuries of millenniums. To the many homosapiens of the time writing was an expensive gift inspired by the gods for them only to aspire too.
What people don’t realize in Paul’s writing about the inspiration of the written word 2 Tim. 3:16. He was talking about the power of it, to hold succeeding generations to a new standard of morality. That the newness of it didn’t matter because just as morality issues based upon 3rd millennium. Wisdom Texts were still influencing his era’s morality. He knew that by writing of his own morality inspired by his conversion, others would follow.
Today we have almost completely forgotten the origins of writing, how it played such a divine role for so long in the infant history of writing in the lives of all homosapiens. That more actually believe inspired words are perfect examples of God, making men listen to him so every knee will bow to him. Than the tool, they are to disallow for parent to child teachings in the multiple generations of our species. From the temples of our early gods, writing came and it came to revolutionize the culture of all homosapiens of which Paul’s writing is just later example of it, the power of the written word.
Postagate, J.N. Early Mesopotamia; Society and economy at the dawn of history. London: Routledge— Taylor, 2002. 51—55 Print.
Wilkinson, Toby A. H. Early Dynastic Egypt. London: Routledge, 1999. 44 Print.
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