Biblical Moses & the Babylonian god, Nabu

The biblical duo, Moses (Musha Canaanite, Mosheh Hebrew & Musa Arabic) and Ahrown (Haurun Canaanite, Ahrown Hebrew & Harun Arabic.) originated in Canaanite culture. Musha (stress on the ‘sh’) is biblically paired with Haurun, a Canaanite god aka The Victorious Herdsman, who was worshipped in the 19th Century BCE in Egypt. Why were these 2 paired? The answer may lie in the Wikipedia article entitled “Snake Worship which states: “At the Babylonian New Year’s festival, the priest was to commission from a woodworker, a metalworker, and a goldsmith two images, one of which “shall hold in its left hand a snake of cedar, raising its right [hand] to the god Nabu” It can’t be coincidence that this biblical pair were metalworkers; Musha/Moshe a coppersmith and Haurun/Ahrown a goldsmith!! What is most interesting is the commissioning of a woodworker to make a ‘snake of cedar’. According to the Quran 7:107: “Thereupon Moses threw his rod 3sa’hu, and suddenly it was a veritable serpent. The word translated as ‘his rod’ (3sa’hu or 3sa=rod) is an Egyptian word that means cedar; 3S Aa2-M1. So, according to the Jewish tribes in Arabia, Musha’s/Mosheh’s staff was made of cedar, a wood which originated in Byblos aka modern Lebanon. According to this site: Global Egyptian Museum

“The wood of the ‘Cedrus’ was imported into Egypt, mainly from Syria. The first imports must have taken place in prehistoric times, as is proved by finds of cedar dating to this period. The Egyptians used cedar mainly in the temples, for example for the large wooden doors, the shrines holding the statues of the gods, and the divine barks which were carried by the priests during processions. It was also used for making large funerary objects, such as sarcophagi and shrines. Some funerary texts refer to the pleasant smell of the wood. Just as for the lotus, for example, the Egyptians believed that the scent of the wood could contribute to regeneration. In addition, if classical authors such as Herodotus and Diodorus are to be believed, cedar oil was used in mummification. According to one account the oil was injected into the body, another says it was used to anoint the body. Neither are correct, however: leaving aside the contradictions, it has turned out that the writers in question were referring to several different types of wood, especially ‘Juniperus’, as cedar.”

So, metals as copper and gold, according to the ancients, had supernatural properties as did cedar which explains Musha’s and Haurun’s connection to these objects.

Another interesting feature of this quote is that the ‘image’ commissioned by the Babylonian priest was that of the god Nebu. According to Wiki:

“Nabu (Akkadian: cuneiform: Nabû, Syriac:? Navu or Nvo or Navo is the ancient Mesopotamian patron god of literacy, the rational arts, scribes and wisdom. The Akkadian “nabû” means “to announce, prophesize”, derived from the Semitic root N-B. It is cognate with the Syriac (nviya), Arabic (nabiyy), and the Hebrew (navi), all meaning “prophet”….Nabu was the patron god of scribes, literacy, and wisdom. He was also the inventor of writing, a divine scribe, the patron god of the rational arts, and a god of vegetation. As the god of writing, Nabu inscribed the fates assigned to men and he was associated with the scribe god Ninurta. As an oracle he was associated with the Mesopotamian moon god Sin.?

Nabu wore a horned cap, and stood with his hands clasped in the ancient gesture of priesthood. He rode on a winged dragon known as Sirrush that originally belonged to his father Marduk. In Babylonian astrology, Nabu was identified with the planet Mercury.”

The parallels are obvious. Musha/Mosheh was a prophet or navvi (Deut: 34:10-nabu in Babylonian), he was Yhwh’s scribe whose Torah determined the fates of men. Also, Musha/Mosheh, like Nabu was associated with the moon god Sin and Sin’s places of worship as Mount Sinai. According to Exodus 19, Yhwh appeared atop (Har Siny) or Sin’s mountain where this god dictated his laws to his navvi (Nabu) scribe, Musha/Mosheh which determined the fates of men.

Another obvious comparison between the Babylonian god, Nebu and Musha/Mosheh is the horned cap. According to Exodus 34: 29, 30 & 35, the word used to describe Musha’s/Mosheh’s shining face is qaran which means ‘to have horns’. In addition, both Nabu and Musha/Mosheh are identified as priests. Musha/Mosheh, according to the Samaritans, founded the Mushite priesthood

The only conclusion one can draw from this biblical description of Musha/Mosheh is that the Judean scribes in Babylon altered this Canaanite culture hero to resemble the god, Nabu. This transformation was not difficult as the Judeans, who were closely associated with the Kingdom of Edom as tribal confederates, had already assigned to him the magical powers of a master coppersmith who forged molten idols. Metalworkers were held in high esteem because the molten idols they forged were thought to be imbued with the magical properties of their particular metal as well as those supernatural properties of their forgers.

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