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02/27/2020
 

Early Cylinder Seals and the Garden of Eden

Do these represent parallels of some of the earliest biblical themes?

BY CHRISTOPHER EAMES

Cylinder seals are small, round seal stamps that are designed to be rolled across a piece of clay in order to produce a rectangular image. They are slightly different from the more standard seal stamps, which are simply pressed down over a piece of clay. Cylinder seals are often very detailed, made of semi-precious stones, and contain a small story. They are among the earliest seals, dating back as far as 3500 b.c.e., and have their genesis in ancient Mesopotamia.

While numerous cylinder seals have been discovered, this article will examine two interesting seals that have a possible link to some of the earliest themes of the Bible.

 
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