The Hidden Identity of the Woman Glorified as Athena: Her Link to the Pre-Flood World
After the Flood, Noah’s authority held sway for a time. Then, the adoration of the Cainite woman sprang up suddenly throughout the ancient world, and several generations later, most of humanity was “without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). God had let “all the nations go their own ways” (Acts 14:16).
“Ye Shall Be as Gods”
Ancient Greek religious art, with Naamah/Athena as the key inspirational figure, chronicles that foundational period of the “present evil age” (Galations 1:4)—boasting of humanity’s independence from our Creator, welcoming the serpent’s “enlightenment,” and exalting man as the measure of all things.
From about 430 BC, Naamah/Athena and Cain/Hephaistos are depicted chatting amiably on the east frieze of the Parthenon in Athens. (Author provided)
Above, from the east frieze of the Parthenon from about 430 BC, sculptors depicted Athena and Hephaistos (Zeus’ and Hera’s eldest son – the Greek counterpart of Cain) chatting amiably without their usual attributes. For Athena: no helmet, no spear, no serpent-trimmed aegis, no head of the Gorgon Medusa on her chest. For Hephaistos: no tongs, no hammer, no axe. The sculptors depicted them as who they knew them to be: their ancestors Naamah and Cain whose anti-God, mankind-exalting religious outlook they wholeheartedly embraced.
Below, on a vase from the same period, Herakles joins his ancestors on Olympus as an immortal. Left to right: Cush/Hermes, Eve/Hera, Adam/Zeus, Naamah/Athena, Nimrod/Herakles. Nike in the center proclaims the immortality of these ancestors as the greatest of victories.
On a vase from about 430 BC, Nimrod/Herakles joins his immortal ancestors Naamah/Athena, Adam/Zeus, Eve/Hera, and Cush/Hermes on Mount Olympus. (Author provided)
Could it be any more obvious that these sculpted and vase figures are deified humans? In the ancient garden, the serpent promised, “Ye shall be as gods,” and as the ancient Greek artists have communicated so plainly to us, our elite ancestors who embraced its words, and its “enlightenment” did indeed become “as gods.”
Top Image: Detail of a bowl from the Hildesheim Silver Treasure featuring a seated Athena, 1st century BC. The tiny owl, Athena's attribute or mascot, stands to her right on a high rocky pinnacle draped with a victory wreath. The rocky pinnacle most likely represents the Acropolis in Athens where her temple, the Parthenon, stood with her glorious idol-image inside. (Author provided)
Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. is the author of The Parthenon Code: Mankind’s History in Marble (translated into French and Greek) and Noah in Ancient Greek Art . His latest book is the full-color Genesis Characters and Events in Ancient Greek Art . www.genesisingreekart.com