On Chinese New Year, I thought it would be a good time to look at the presence of the Bible in Chinese hieroglyphics

Sorry it’s a bit small but if you look at the bottom of the graphic above. You’ll see that the glyph for the word ‘blessed’ is made up from the constituent glyphs depicting the words ‘one man’, ‘in a garden’ and ‘with the divine’

Chinese hieroglyphics are ancient, dating back to around 2500BC, pre-dating Buddha by millennia and there is good evidence from the hieroglyphics that before the advent of polytheism in China, the ancient Chinese worshipped one God

Instead of an alphabet, the Chinese chose to base their language upon pictograms and more complex pictograms are made by combining simpler ones into a new hieroglyphic

By looking at these, it’s interesting to find the strong correlation with biblical accounts of creation in Genesis. Apologies for so many pasted graphics but I couldn’t get the hieroglyphics otherwise

Firstly, the very nature of man himself reflecting the Lord’s glory

The account of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden can be found in the hieroglyphs . The word for ‘first’ consists of ‘alive’, ‘dust’ and ‘man’

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul

Genesis 2:7

The hieroglyph ‘God’ is made up of ‘reveal’, ‘man’ and ‘garden’

The hieroglyph for ‘garden’ is made up of ‘dust’, ‘breath’, ‘2 persons’ and ‘enclosure’

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed

Genesis 2:8

God’s original plan is revealed in the hieroglyphs for ‘perfect’, ‘first’, ‘complete’ and ‘blessing’ below


God made Eve as a companion for Adam because he was lonely

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him

Genesis 2:18

Unfortunately, that perfection in the Garden of Eden wasn’t to last as demonstrated in the hieroglyphs for ‘forbidden’ and ‘to covet/desire’

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die

Genesis 2:16-17

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat

Genesis 3:6

After the fall of man as a result of that original sin, Adam and Eve became ashamed of their nakedness. Before the fall:

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed

Genesis 2:25

After the fall, this changed and can be seen in the hieroglyph for ‘naked’

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons

Genesis 3:7

The reason for this downfall was Satan himself, to be found in the hieroglyphs for ‘devil’ and ‘tempter’

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3:1

The result of that sin can be seen in the hieroglyphs for ‘thorns’ and ‘promise’

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field

Genesis 3:17-18

I will continue this series on Chinese hieroglyphics and the Bible in part 2 and part 3


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