Olympian and biblical traditions: in good Chalcedonian fashion, I don’t want to mix the two, I don’t want to ignore either, and I want to rightly order them by keeping the meaning of the biblical narrative primary.
Olympian storytellers refer to long periods of human history in the distant past as ages. Because Vulcan is one of the Olympian gods, Olympian storytellers divide the distant past into three ages based on the dominant form of technology in each age. Hence they identify Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages.
This way of dividing time was first developed and popularized by Christian Thomsen (1788-1865). He was a Danish antiquarian living in
Using the biblical chronology, we may say that creation occurred in 4004 BC (Ussher) with meaningful days of conviviality shared by God, Adam, and Eve. The Age of Olympianity also began in 4004 BC, following the rupture in our convivial relationship with God, and continued until the call of Abraham by Yahweh in 1921 BC. That initiated the Age of Yahwism.
Olympian storytellers understand the Stone Age to have started before 4004 BC and to have continued, in general, until about 2000 BC. Looking at different regions of
A number of significant changes occurred during the Stone Age. We humans first domesticated plants and animals and agriculture began. We began to sow and reap grains, especially wheat, and to raise dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. Sources of food became more reliable and plentiful.
We established our first cities: creations of Vulcan, focal points of all the gods of
Steadier sources of food and permanent settlements led to significant increases in population. It also led to greater wealth. Larger populations and greater wealth led to fiercer competition between individuals in one settlement and between settlements over control of other people and wealth. This led to greater inequalities in the distribution of wealth within cities and to larger and more frequent battles between them.
According to the Olympian narrative, people did not broadly settle across northern
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