Given the concept that ancient history is heavily laced with cosmological metaphors, we turn our attention to the first book of the Bible. There we find that what we took to be revealed history turns out to be a cultural parable. Just like the plethora of creation stories from cultures around the world, it’s the story of our first parents, cast in a setting of cosmological imagery — just as are the stories of many Old Testament prophets and the story of the Savior in the New Testament.
Employing the cosmological imagery perspective allows us to read and comprehend Genesis as readily as we do Revelation. In fact, the two books — the first and last books in the Bible — share a common heritage: imagery based in phantasmagorias that appeared in Earth’s ancient heavens.