isis unveiled: chapter v (one common origin)

“This kabalistic doctrine is much more elaborated in the Book of Jasher. In chapter vii., these garments of skin are taken by Noah into the ark, he having obtained them by inheritance from Methuselah and Enoch, who had them from Adam and his wife. Ham steals them from his father Noah; gives them “in secret” to Cush, who conceals them from his sons and brothers, and passes them to Nimrod. While some Kabalists, and even archeologists say that “Adam, Enoch, and Noah might, in outward appearance, be different men, but they were really the selfsame divine person.”

Others explain that between Adam and Noah there intervened several cycles. That is to say, that every one of the antediluvian patriarchs stood as the representative of a race which had its place in succession of cycles; and each of which races was less spiritual than its predecessor.

Thus Noah, though a good man, could not have borne comparison with his ancestor, Enoch, who “walked with God and did not die.” Hence the allegorical interpretation which makes Noah have this coat of skin by inheritance from the second Adam and Enoch, but never wear it himself, for if otherwise, Ham could not have stolen it.

But Noah and his children bridged the flood; and while the former belonged to the old and still spiritual antediluvian generation, insomuch as he was selected from all mankind for his purity, his children were post-diluvian.

The coat of skin worn by Cush “in secret” – i.e., when his spiritual nature began to be tainted by the material – is placed on Nimrod, the most powerful and strongest of physical men on this side of the flood – the last remnant of the antediluvian giants.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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