Friday, May 28, 2010

Adam had a written language

Moses 6

  5 And a book of remembrance was kept, in the which was recorded, in the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration;

 “In the beginning God gave Adam a language that was pure, perfect, and undefiled. This Adamic language , now unknown, was far superior to any tongue which is presently extant. For instance, the name of God the Father, in this original language, is Man of Holiness , signifying that he is a Holy Man and not a vague spiritual essence." Elder Bruce R. McConkie ( Moses 6:57 .)

“This first language spoken by mortals was either the celestial tongue of the Gods or such adaptation of it as was necessary to meet the limitations of mortality; and Adam and his posterity had power to speak, read, and write it” ( Mormon Doctrine, 19).

Elder McConkie said: “From the beginning, the Lord provided a language and gave men the power to read and write. . . . The thing which they first wrote, and which of all their writings was of the most worth unto them, was a Book of Remembrance, a book in which they recorded what the Lord had revealed about himself, about his coming, and about the plan of salvation. " ( The Promised Messiah, 86; see also Moses 6:46 ).

We do not know what Adams written language was like, in our days no one is known of yet to have seen Adams Book of Remembrance.  The Lord protected the Book of Mormon in a stone box.  It maybe that the Lord has protected Adam's Book of Remembrance.   It may bee that someday people on earth will be able to read from Adams writings.

There has been discovered in archeology artifacts with written language on them.  When written language is discovered it is part of written history, any time before the discovery of written language in archeology is considered prehistory.

The earliest written language that has been discovered yet was found in Mesopotamia written in the Sumerian language using Cuneiform writing it was made about 3200 BC. The Kish tablet was found in Mesopotaia and may be the earliest form of writing ever discovered.

The writing on the Kish tablet is still considered proto-writing. Which uses simple pictures to communicate rather then the more advanced writing that uses symbols.  Examples of Sumerian written language have also been found with more symbolic writing.

This Sumerian Cuneiform tablet uses symbols and is a more advanced form of written language.

Keeping a Book of Remembrance

“Keeping journals reminds us of blessings. Those who keep a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives. Journals are a way of counting our blessings and of leaving an inventory of these blessings for our posterity” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 349).

Just like Adam we can keep a Book of Remembrance.  This written history can be a reminder to us of the blessings and inspiration the Lord as given us.  It can also be a personal history of the stories of our lives.  As you grow up you will enjoy reviewing your journal entries and remembering the stories in them.  Your children and your ancestors also will treasure your Book of Remembrance, just like you, they will enjoy hearing stories about their ancestors.

How did Cain and his descendants live?

Genesis 4:

20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

From these short passages we learn allot about how Cain's descendants lived.

Cains Descendants:
  1. dwelt in tents
  2. owned cattle
  3. played the harp
  4. played the organ
  5. worked with brass
  6. worked with iron
Lets learn what these words mean.  The below definitions come from the 1828 Dictionary.

1. tent - A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of canvas or other coarse cloth, stretched and sustained by poles; used for sheltering persons from the weather.

The tents Cain's descendants lived in might have looked like this one from the Bible Times Center.  It would have been a simple structure used to protect his family from the weather.

2. cattleBeasts or quadrupeds in general, serving for tillage, or other labor, and for food to man. In its primary sense, the word includes camels, horses, asses, all the varieties of domesticated horned beasts or the bovine genus, sheep of all kinds and goats, and perhaps swine. In this general sense, it is constantly used in the scriptures.

Today we use the word livestock.  Our livestock is much different then the animals would have been for Cain and his descendants.  Our animals have been domesticated for a long time, for years and years we have been breeding them to be larger and more productive.  Most likely Cains Descendants had smaller more rugged animals to help them and use for food.

3. harp - An instrument of music of the stringed kind, of a triangular figure, held upright and commonly touched with the fingers.

Harps today are very expensive and fancy.  The first harps that have been found in archaeological prehistory, other then the bible, are in egyptian history.  The above photos are examples of egytpian harps.  

4. organ - The largest and most harmonious of wind instruments of music, consisting of pipes which are filled with wind, and stops touched by the fingers. It is blown by a bellows.

The first organ in archaeological prehistory, other then the bible, is the Hydraulis, which is from ancient Greece.  Ctesibius of Alexandrea, who lived about B.C 200 is generally credited with building the first pipe organ.  Panpipes like the one shown on the right are believed to be the predecessors of the pipe organ.   Today when we watch general conference we see see the conference center the background.  The organ is a beautiful instrument and is the preferred instrument for sacrament hymns.

5. brass - Hebrew bronze, brass, or copper. (from the Bible dictionary) An alloy of copper and zink,of a yellow color; usually containing about one third of its weight of zink, but the proportions are variable. (from the 1828 dictionary)

In archaeological prehistory, other then the bible, brass is seen in West India, Uzbekistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq and Israel. During what is known as the bronze age. Which started around 3300 BC.  Bronze was used to make weapons, dishes, ornaments, armor, drums and other various items.

6. ironA metal, the hardest, most common and most useful of all the metals.  

In archaeological prehistory, other then the bible, the iron age started around 1300 BC.   I was used to make tools, weapons, armor, bells, ornaments and other various items. 

Project - 

You could make your own real harp from pvc with a harp making kit from John Kovac for about $100.

To come - How to make a Rubberband harp

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