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Around 430 B.C. Democritus of Abdera said: Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. Today, some two-and-a-half millennia later, the same can be said of the Old Testament of the Bible:
Nothing exists but a lot of Hebrew words arranged in a linear fashion; everything else is an opinion.
Why? Because the ancient Hebrews had been written in capital letters only, in continuous lines without any breaks for paragraphs or punctuation. No proper names of either people or places had been identified (nor since translated) in any way. All we have is a flood of words, flowing like a beautiful stream, perhaps a mighty river... All else is an opinion.
For centuries self-proclaimed experts imposed their opinion on what those words mean. In extreme cases, those who disagreed with the scholars approved by the Orthodoxy had been burnt at the stake. You needn't worry. In most countries murder and torture for religious belief is now illegal. Today, in most countries, you can dare to think for yourself.
And you must.
In the Age of Aquarius, religions, all religions, have entered a protracted, lingering period of inexorable demise. Dogmatic authoritarians are rapidly loosing their credibility. We have entered an Age of individualization. We shall be forced to think for ourselves. It is with this sentiment that I am offering my Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism.
Everyone who so desires will be able to study ancient Scriptures and attempt to understand the secret, perhaps sacred knowledge, hidden in their pages.
And the knowledge of the ancients is staggering. On closer examination I found no evidence of any dogmas, no promises of unearned rewards now or hereafter, but also no dire threats of eternal damnation. But this is only my opinion. I shall not repeat the mistakes of the past by interpreting the Scriptures for you. I'm offering you the means to find your own wisdom.
The rest is up to you.