The following collection of excerpts from “The Buddha from Babylon” shed new light on the Biblical story of Mt. Sinai where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments but smashed the tablets when he saw the Moon-worshipers celebrating below:
“Due to a cataclysmic and intermittent Great Freeze (10000–8000 BCE) the Lion-Sun stream moved into Central Asia from Europe, and the Bull-Moon worshipers entered Central Asia from Africa. Both shaman traditions provided the underlying mythic legacy inherited by Egyptian and Sumerian religions and other cultures as migrations expanded. Both shared a common penchant for the exploration of celestial movements. They subscribed to a common view that the celestial bodies appeared and departed routinely through the opening and closing of unmarked celestial gates on the horizon.
“The shamans identified divine order by observing the regularity with which the sun and moon tracked across the sky dome. They used ritual mounds and circular monoliths as axial entry points and observatories to measure seasonal progressions and astral events. With the establishment of settlements priests took these prehistoric celestial practices to the next level—developing the skills required to read the sky like a book.
“Biblical analysts have equated Babylon’s original Etemenanki (“Temple of the Seven Lights of the Earth”) Ziggurat (Esagila, Babylon) with the legendary Tower of Babel (Genesis), said to have been located in the Land of Sinar. It may be that…
Sinar referred to a land where the Moon was worshiped. As Sin was the Moon God of the Akkadians, this reference would establish its location in the ancient kingdom of Sumer/Akkad.
“During the Judeans exile in Babylon (6th C. BCE), the last Neo-Babylonian Emperor Nabonidus, a Moon worshiper, (from Arabia) restored the Great Ziggurat of Ur (originally built 2600 – 2400 BCE). It may be that the Biblical version of the fallen Ziggurat of old may found inspirations among the Judean scribes from Babylon’s rich multicultural history of Moon worshipers, collapsed Ziggurat ruins, and many spoken languages.
From ancient Egypt to India, the Cosmic Mountain is symbolic of the abode of the gods and the center axis of the world. It has been known by many names across the ancient world, including, Mashu, Manu, Baku, Meru, Sumeru or Sineru, Hasan, Olympus and Parnassus. As a result, the climb of Moses at Sinai seeking God’s Truth appears to echo and contrast the climb of Gilgamesh in search of immortality.
“In the biblical Exodus, Moses guided the Hebrews on a journey through the dangerous desert. Carrying God’s commandments, when he descended from Mount Sinai (i.e., Sin-ai), the Cosmic Mountain of the Moon Worshipers (Sinners), he found that discontented elements among the tribe had crafted and worshiped a bull-calf, the symbol of the Moon- God, Sin.
“As punishment, the Hebrews had to spend forty years, two generations, in the desert learning to have faith in Elohim before they could complete their Great Crossing and enter paradise, the Promised Land of Milk and Honey.”
The Biblical Israelites presumably migrated through the desert for 40 years, to achieve a generational reboot, before crossing the Jordan River west into Canaan. The reason given for this “cleansing” time was the seductive influence of the Moon God, Sin, manifested in the Bible as the publicly displayed idol of a golden calf-god. This incident indicates a sublime omen, a turning point in the tribe’s journey of faith. The scripture uses this parable to teach that a major setback holds within it the seed for a leap forward in defining yourself.
The possible designation of Mt. Sinai in Arabia, rather than in the Negev Desert in today’s Israel, may require an alternative narrative of the Biblical story, one that is consistent with the notion that the desert crossing of the Israelites took them through Sinar, Land of the Moon-Worshipers (or Mesopotamia), an area covering Iraq, Syria and Arabia, where moon-worship had been a primary factor from earliest civilizations.