made the two great lights: the greater light to govern
the day, the smaller to govern the night, and the stars.
Shining Oneswere occupied with [observations
on] the two great lights - the greater light [Sun] ruling
the day, and the lesser light [Moon] ruling the night
- and on the Stars.
difference between these two translations lies in the interpretation
= 'asa'which we have already met in Verse 7. It had
several meanings such as 'make', 'produce', 'perform', and
'be busy'. Our inclusion of the expression 'were occupied
with' [observations on] is justified by our belief that the
Shining Onesdid not 'makethe two great lights',
but had 'been busy' or 'occupied' with them.
occupation is made very clear in the Kharsag Epics where Ugmash
is described as one who laid out the irrigation channels with
reference to the movements of the Sun. It is further emphasised
by Enoch's reference, in the Garden in Eden, to Angels who
'study the movements of the Stars, the Sun and the Moon, and
record the peaceful order of the World.'
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