The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
Hilkea was made a gift of food and spices that Homulkar‘s wife pressed upon her as
they hugged their farewell. Ea, now much less giggly, wandered aimlessly with Picca as
they awaited the parting of their ways. Sad-eyed girls each shyly offered Mashu a small
trinket of remembrance. N isaba now boldly held the hand of N imrud that she had been
denied the day before. They slowly walked around the open court of the strange abode of
these people, casting only momentary glances at each other as they went.
Homulkar, finally, even if tentatively, grasping the meaning of Zoran‘s gestures and
signings, tried mightily to convey that there was a group, a community, a village down
the ever-widening river where they might receive a similar show of hospitality to what he
had offered, and ought truly to be considered as their next destination.
The touchings of farewell turned into the hand-wavings of good-bye as the small
distance between them slowly grew.
Suddenly N isaba, in a desperation marked by the anticipated loss that was etched
upon her features, leaped across the narrow divide, throwing herself into the surprised
arms of N imrud, hugging him with an intensity that caused him to stagger back a step.
She kissed his lips with a fervor that knew of no tomorrow, nor had any shame for today.
The first that she had ever bestowed on any male, and done in a manner similar to that
which she had seen her mother do with her father at the height of some emotional
occasion. Just as suddenly, she thrust herself back from him with an intense urgency and
whirling, she fled down the path of departure without a backward glance. The end of that,
which had only just begun to have life.
They went to the village, staying a short while, learning a smattering of the strange
language, then on to another and then another. They slowly learned to tell the story
evermore completely of how they had survived the great catastrophic inundation, even
the -Great Flood. |
Of course there had been others who had survived to tell of it, but their stories had not
been told to as many, and so had not been spread as widely. But there was one story,
more unusual than any of the others. It told of a family, very similar to this one, having
been saved by a boat.
-Cush begot Nimrod: He began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty
hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, =Like Nimrod the mighty hunter…‘ And the
beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar. |
(Gen. 10:10 NKJV)
And N imrud strode restlessly across all his vast land hunting for many treasures! Was
one of them called by the name of -Nisaba | ?