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In human form Osiris was perceived as a mummy and, paradoxi­ cally, while he was loved as the guarantor of life after death, he was feared as the demonic pres­ ence that decayed the bodies of the dead. Such necromantic worship of Osiris and Isis grew to The Gods Who Walked among the Egyptians 45 become an important part of several Mediterra­ nean religions, with the most famous cult center of qsiris at Abydos in Upper Egypt, where an annual festival reenacted his death and resurrec­ tion. In Abydos, Osiris was called the god of the setting sun, the mysterious "force" that ruled the region of the dead just beneath the western hori­ zon.

1 . The Nile Plague And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt. . that they may become blood . . and Moses and Aaron did so, as the Lord commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. (Exod. 7 : 1 9-20) Why would Yahweh turn the Nile into blood? Because the Nile was worshiped as the single most important element needed for the ongoing success of the culture, economy, and paganism of the Egyptian people.

Hom Correspondingly, in the Enuma Elish (a Babylonian epic), Marduk, the great god of the city of Babylon, was exalted above the benevolent gods and extolled as the creator of the world. Marduk was symbolized as a dragon (as is Satan in Revelation 1 2 :9) called the Muscrussu, and his legend appears to contain several distortions of the important elements of the biblical account of creati o n . The A dapa Epic tells o f a n o t h e r Babylonian legend that i s also roughly equivalent to the Genesis account of creation.

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