Forum

Japheth and Iapetus
In Response To: Re: Who Was Japheth? ()

Senusret,

That's a great reference. I'll definetly read it in more depth when I get the chance.

Iapetus was a "god", a.k.a. Ptah in Egypt, the archetypal Joseph.

Japheth was a "mortal" who claimed or was given the role of Iapetus in his generation.

The sovereignty of Japheth in the land of Canaan, which includes traditional Syria, Israel, and Egypt was not a "hoped for event". It was documented in Genesis after the fact. Yet this sovereignty is somewhat downplayed in Genesis. It was Ham, the "little big man" (Lugalbanda), known as Horus the Younger in Egypt and Hercules and Hellen father of the Greeks-Hellenes, who was the far more dominant figure of that time. It was he who was credited with slaying the giants, that is, those upholding the power of the formerly dominant line of Cronos (Mesopotamian Enlil).

However, as we have seen, Horus the Younger was the son of Horus the Elder by his own mother Hathor. Although a mother-son offspring was highly regarded in those days, it almost always resulted in a genetic dead end. Horus the Younger would have been able to have as many children as he wished with non-royal partners, but his chances of producing a royal heir by a closely related female were much diminished. This seems to be where Japheth entered in to the picture.

Later in the Book of Genesis, we have the story of Joseph being rescued from a pit and then brought to the court of Judah ("Potiphar"). Although the purpose of the story is disguised, it was nevertheless possible to show that Joseph ended up producing a royal heir and kingly successor for Judah. Therefore, we should reasonably deduce that Japheth (as a type of Joseph) had produced an heir (namely Cush) for his brother Ham (who was son of the archetypal Judah).

-Charles

Responses To This Message

Re: Japheth and Iapetus