Alternative Genesis 1:20-21

jerusalem bible (alternative genesis)

God said, 'Let the waters teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth within the vault of heaven'. And it was so.

The Shining Ones said, 'Let the waters teem with life, and let there be wildfowl flying over the land, and over the surface within the High Wall'. And it was so.

It would seem that the Shining Ones were keen to stock the Reser-voir with fish, and to bring wildfowl to the surface of its waters.

jerusalem bible (alternative genesis)

God created great sea-serpents and every kind of living creature with which the waters teem, and every kind of winged creature. God saw that it was good.

With pleasure, the Shining Ones watched the great dolphins and every living thing - the wild animals, the teeming species in the water, and all kinds of birds. And the Shining Ones found them a delight to behold.

The word = ha'tenim came to mean 'sea monsters'. But those that delighted the Shining Ones in the Mediterranean Sea, and in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, were likely to have been dolphins and, perhaps, the not unfriendly basking sharks.

Substantial Evidence