The Bible as we know it today is actually a mishmash of translations, from ancient Hebrew into Greek and Latin and, from there, into English and a host of other languages. What began as oral lore became written verse, which in turn became holy text.
Much has been lost over the course of these translations—sometimes unintentionally, sometimes deliberately by religious authorities pursuing their own agendas. The earliest earth-based spiritual teachings found in the Bible were actually driven underground, their messages hidden and virtually inaccessible.
In When Eve Was a Goddess, shamanic practitioner and author Janet Rudolph applies spiritual forensics to scripture and Hebrew hieroglyphics, working backward to their original intent. Join her on a quest to explore long-obscured wisdom and mysteries buried for millennia.
From the mystery that is the story of Adam and Eve, to the breathtaking journey that is Exodus, Rudolph reminds us of the Bible’s multi-layered nature, one that allows for a variety of interpretations —and offers a treasure map to passages between heaven and earth.
Spiritual seekers, shamanic journeyers, and those with an interest in cross-cultural mythology will find Rudolph’s work invaluable as readers look back in order to look forward.
This older glyph of dal is an image of a door hanging downward, like a curtain, able to swing in any direction. The door as symbol has a long and sacred history of representing thresholds and transitions between states of being or otherworlds. To help one move between realms, magic rituals would be performed and talismans would be placed within the threshold. The Jewish mezuzah, containing scripture passages, placed on doorways is based upon this same magic. Doors, gateways, and thresholds are considered sacred in many cultures.
Ariel Golan posits that the door represents transition, especially between the realms of the heavens and the underworld. Doors, or their equivalents, gateways, are found at places of thresholds. Golan discusses the worldwide prevalence of door/gates: “The Hittites built special gates to mark the boundary between sacral and secular areas . . . The Druids attached mystic significance to an entrance, to gates. Pagan Germanic tribes erected ritual gates. The ancient Egyptian temples and medieval Muslim mosques had hypertrophied façade walls whose forms emphasized the entrance . . . In Buddhism, there are free-standing gates of a religious significance. Symbolic gates were constructed in pre-Columbian America.”[i]
[i] Ariel Golan, Prehistoric Religion; 263.