Elah Yam. Moses was probably educated by the most knowledgeable tutors of Egypt. He had to have known, when he arrived at the Wilderness of Tsin that the earth's story was being revealed in stone. Stone tablets is the perfect allegory for the Makhtesh strata. A split in the earth to lay open a book to reveal the past of the planet. Here is where they were told not to eat mollusks. It was at this place they were instructed how to wear tzitzit as a coiled connection to the throne of God.
The Latin word for limestone is kalx derived from the ancient Greek khaliks (pebble) and surely from the Hebrew keelik (limestone anchor). A pebble is a chip off a larger stone as is a limestone anchor. To Red Sea traders, the anchor was the heel that was always in helical opposition to the vessel. When the connection to the earth is withdrawn, the ship travels freely as a bird in the sky. A dhow skims the surface of the mirror using the breath of God much like a bird. Birds and fish do not have heels. They are not earthbound. Khaliks is also the Greek word for heel.
|Souls on the Beach|
The Jewish tradition of putting pebbles on graves is ancient and its origin has been lost to antiquity. El M'aleh Rahamim is a prayer written for martyrs of the Crusades and may provide a clue. The prayer asks God to provide the deceased with a good rest in Gan Eden (paradise). The Hebrew phrase; teheye nishmato tsrurah b'tsror ha-chayyim is translated "May his soul be bound up in the bonds of eternal life". Mourners place a pebble onto the grave as they travel past. Every pebble is a testament to the deceased and every prayer a request. It is customary to place the pebble one at a time until a small pile is achieved. A story associated with this custom asks God to place the soul of the departed, represented by the pebble, in his "sling". Since it is hung by a cord, this bag of pebbles will always have a helical relationship to God. Jesus told Peter was to be called a chip of limestone. Peter was fated to become pebble of testimony - an earthbound heel with a connection to the divine. Greek petros; "small stone, firestone, sling stone, moving boulder".
Limestone, birdlime and loam are all cognate words that can be traced to the resources provided by Elah Yam. Birdlime is a product made from tree bast. After boiling it becomes sticky and can be used to trap birds when applied to roosting areas. Plant bast is also used to make fibers for weavings and coiling rope. Loam is fertile soil able to retain moisture and is the soil from which Adam was formed. Limestone is a soft stone that is easily cut and was used extensively in the ancient world for building material. Lime is derived from ilim which devolved from elohim. Elah yam became Elohim because of the pebbles of testimony. The council of twelve headed by El is a later derivation after the rise of the patriarchs.
Western scholars are of the consensus that polytheism evolved into monotheism. However, the Queen of Heaven, Elah Yam, meets the criteria for one-god worship. Understanding her morphology gives her adherents an edge over those who do not have an overall world view. Mariners would need an all-encompassing understanding of the earth's movement to travel the oceans. It appears they understood earth's helical orbit. Can the same be said for earthbound cultures? It was the Red Sea traders that first understood the Tehom and how it was creating the earth anew. They were the sailors that knew how to transverse it. Tiamat is a silly anthropomorphized devolution that makes no sense and is no help to her adherents in understanding their environment.