WASHINGTON – Some among modern people regard the book of Genesis as a “myth,” but what if evidence exists for the creation story beyond the Bible?
What if non-Christians kept historical records detailing the biblical account of creation?
According to one author, they did.
In the new book “Genesis Characters and Events in Ancient Greek Art,” Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr., outlines the plethora of evidence in Greek art that backs the Genesis story.
According to Johnson, “Ancient Greek religious art boasts of the triumph of the way of Cain over Noah and his God-fearing offspring after the flood, telling the same story as the early chapters of the book of Genesis.”
“The Greeks remembered the original paradise calling it the Garden of the Hesperides, always depicting it with a serpent-entwined apple tree. The book of Genesis doesn’t say what kind of fruit it was: It’s from the Greek tradition we get the idea that Eve ate an apple,” Johnson continues.
The evidence for Johnson’s claims are vast: numerous works of art and Greek legends mirror the account found in Genesis.
“Both the Judeo-Christian tradition and the Greek religious tradition insist that their respective first couples came from an ancient paradise with a serpent-entwined fruit tree. Two opposite spiritual standpoints – the former looking to the Creator as the source of truth, and the latter looking to the serpent for it – share the same factual basis,” Johnson posits.
On this vase from 350 B.C., one of the Hesperides, Greek nymphs, tends to a serpent as another tends to a tree. The parallel to Genesis is obvious here.
On the eastern pediment of the Pantheon, the great Greek temple, a serpent-entwined tree can be seen to the right of a group of Hesperides.
Johnson is not saying pagan depictions of the Genesis creation are correct, but rather that they show the historical reality of the Garden of Eden.
“On one hand, ancient Greek ancestor worship with its exaltation of the serpent’s “enlightenment” contradicts the teaching of the word of God; on the other, if properly understood – as we see in the many Greek depictions of the ancient garden paradise – it reinforces the truth about our origins as revealed in the early chapters of Genesis,” Johnson explains.
“Genesis Characters and Events in Ancient Greek Art” contains more than 140 color images from ancient Greek temple and vase art, a treasure trove of evidence.