I didn't think authenticity would be an issue. http://scalambra.wordpress.com/2013/06/ ... ent-egypt/ This has fruit, sycamore does not fruit therefore a persea tree originally. Eat its fruit and learn the divine plan and live forever. Two trees in Eden which gave knowledge of something else and eternal life. The "coincidental" shared concepts multiply.GakuseiDon wrote:I did a quick google search for the origin of the picture, but couldn't find it. Do you have any references to where and when it was found? I think that kind of information is important before the simplest explanation should be derived.A_Nony_Mouse wrote:Seems to me the simplest explanation is the Egyptians created the Eden story. Odds against the accidental usage of the same imagery (tree with fruit, snake, heel on head, enemy of the god who gives life) appears way to high for me.
(ETA) I found it! Link is here: http://www.bridgemanart.com/en-GB/asset ... f-inherkha
"Under a sacred sycomore the sun god Ra, in his cat form, kills the snake god Apophis (shown coiled around the sacred sycamore or persea tree which was a symbol of the sun), god of the underworld and symbol of the forces of chaos and evil" -- Ancient Egyptian Date/Period: 20th dynasty c1186-1070 BC
Looks like Ra is killing the snake using a blade. Otherwise, looks genuine enough.
I would guess the "blade" is the feather of justice for the scales judging the souls of the dead to determine reward or punishment in the afterlife.