From our own Gem’s Press. $2.99 on Kindle, or free with Kindle Unlimited.* It is easy, with a bit of scholarly research, to prove that Yahweh, the God of the Jews and Christians, started out as a thunder god worshipped by polytheistic ancient Semites. It’s also easy to show that Biblical descriptions of Yahweh almost always resemble an inhabited flying machine more than a living being.
Yahweh is described in the Bible as lightning, fire, noise, danger, a destroying warrior. The idea of Yahweh sending down a bolt of lightning to destroy those who offend him — the premise of many modern-day jokes — is well-supported in the biblical record as reported actual events.
From Gem’s Press. Gem’s Fascinating Leisure Reader: Volume Two shares the best of our recent discoveries from deserving but long-neglected texts. This volume includes three dozen of our new favorite anecdotes and passages, ones we think you’ll really enjoy and find interesting, gathered into book form (these don’t appear on our website). Gem’s Readers are basically bathroom readers for smart people, available on Amazon* for only $1.99 on Kindle, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
From Gem’s Press. With Gem’s Fascinating Leisure Reader: Volume One, our aim is to delight and amaze you with the most interesting anecdotes in existence — ones that you would otherwise never encounter. These gems don’t see the light of day often enough — if ever — because they appear in books that are no longer new. They sink into oblivion, and all their sparkle is wasted. We’ve gathered dozens of our favorite anecdotes and passages (these don’t appear on our website) into a book we think you’ll enjoy and find interesting. Gem’s Readers are basically bathroom readers for smart people, available on Amazon* for $1.99 on Kindle, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
From our own Gem’s Press. The religious stories of Sumeria, which probably were the first ever to be written down, not only show up transformed into Bible classics—such as the Creation, the Garden of Eden, the Deluge, the Tower of Babel, Moses’s Birth, and the Ten Commandments — but also form the basis of Egyptian and Greek mythologies.
This little book looks at a few of the lesser known — but still seriously entertaining — Sumerian stories, as well as providing a quick overview of ancient Sumerian civilization.
The fascinating scriptural tale of how Enki created humankind (spoiler: includes the line, “Let my penis be praised”) is a great read. Enki is a troubleshooter, a good-humored mediator, and a compassionate friend to humankind. As the story “Enki and Ninmah” starts, trouble is brewing among the gods. Available on Amazon for $.99 on Kindle, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
From Gem’s Press. Why are the gods always up in the sky? And what are they doing up there? In Ancient Mysteries: Gods in the Skies, we look at the very interesting divine vehicles associated with Yahweh (“God”) and also the cool vehicles driven by other gods and goddesses. “It’s obvious when looking at depictions of gods that the ancients sometimes had a hard time figuring out what they were seeing, or hearing described. “It’s a bird, it’s a plane….” Of course, planes were beyond the understanding of ancient people, as were machines generally. If it moves, it’s a human or other animal. If it flies, it has to be a bird, but, wait, it’s long like a snake, and omigosh it’s breathing fire! If it’s operating a weapon, it must have hands. If it makes loud noise, it must have a mouth….” Available on Amazon* for only $1.99 on Kindle, or free with Kindle Unlimited.
From Gem’s Press. The story of Moses is far stranger than most people know. You may know about his early beginnings as an abandoned baby in a basket floating down the Nile, rescued by the Pharaoh’s daughter, but did you know he later committed a murder and had to flee? Did you know he really, really, really did not want to do Yahweh’s bidding and tried super-hard to get out of it, multiple times? And those plagues and miracles? Much odder than you think. You’ve probably never read all the details before. The visit to Yahweh atop Mount Sinai?… Available on Amazon* for $1.99 on Kindle, or free with Kindle Unlimited.