Tuesday, February 27, 2007

“Nephilim” not of the Levant, yet part of its development?

Date Line February 27, 2007

Puzzling a possibility: What if, when dealing with a book so devoted to health, cleanliness and successful reproduction as we find in this thing called scripture; what if “Nephilim” were not people who were not from Adam & Eve ... were not of the Levant?

We are in a time period which literalists have placed as 4004 BCE to, maybe, 6000 BCE. Literalists who calculated there times in terms of the period to Adam & Eve. Without question, Adam & Eve were the first gardening family – they were the people of the Levant, the people who developed gardening in the Fertile Crescent.

Let’s look at humanity in that period – eight thousand years ago, or, in terms of this discussion, between 7000 and 7500 years ago.

A while back, in my weekly newspaper column, I wrote about lactose intolerance in early man. Today, a wire service report carried the heading, “Early man ‘couldn’t stomach milk.’”

Yep! Prior to the era of gardening (and animal domestication), early man, lacked the gene needed to produce the enzyme which makes possible lactose digestion and assimilation into the human body.

OH, of course, babies had a gene which would allow digestion of their mother’s milk; but that turned off and was not functional in adults – and it wasn’t function for digesting non-human milk sugars.

Examination of Neolithic skeletons dating from 5000 to 5480 has shown no evidence of the gene – they were lactose intolerant. More to the point, thus far, the gene appears to be of Northern European origin.

If the gene had evolved before farming, the skeletal remains should have evidenced it; thus it came both after farming, and after the domestication of milk yielding animals.

If it is associated with Northern European (today 90% of whom carry the gene) we can differentiate some vital characteristics which would have been evident in contact between those who have the gene and those who don’t.

Clearly, the gene quickly entered the Levant population – indicating a genetic admix from Northern levant to southern. Those with the gene had to take mates from among those without it; and do so in great numbers.

The Shreknangst R1a Haplogroup is Slavic, Northern European, with its origins at the Black Sea in the Levant period. It is also widely spread across all early farming populations. The presence of this group is marked by the domestic horse, chariot and use of Iron.

The existence of archaeological context – independently verifiable from both “culture” and yDNA sampling, makes possible a number of hypothetical connections which are demonstrative in venues devoted to non-mainstream peer review esoteric publication.

For our purpose, it is the symptoms of lactose intolerance: after those who are lactose intolerant consumes milk, have stomach pain, they may have vomiting, gas, diarrhea and stomach swelling.

Who is intolerant? Easy: At least 75 % of Africans and 90 % of Asians. Among the Ashkenazi, the more middle eastern, the more intolerant. Apparently, the ancient Romans used milk as a purgative – horse milk being the best. Black Sea peoples drank horse milk and used it to make a wine – big difference.

“Nephilim”– “those causing others to fall” – would fit the idea of those who could make others sick enough to fall; add variations to those who fall and we might have people who are lactose tolerant; as seen from the viewpoint of the intolerant.

Interesting commandment: Do not cook a calf in its mother’s milk. Is this a nod to partial lactose intolerance?

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