The question I have about the siting of the cloning institute at Roslin is why build it in an area of land that was once called paradise on 19th century maps of the area stored at New Registers House, Edinburgh.
The only existing reference to the former place name is an adjacent street in Loanhead called Paradykes avenue and Paradykes school in Loanhead.
That part of Loanhead and the actual adjacent Roslin lab are only a few hundred yards apart and are separated by the Tolkeinesque dark-looking tower called Dryden tower a mid 19th century Gothic tower.
Initially intended as a hilltop eye-catcher for Dryden House, demolished in 1938, and is still a prominent landmark. It originally belonged to a wider landscape known locally as ‘The Pleasure’/Paradise which was destroyed by the construction of Bilston Glen colliery.
It is as if some ancient fable from the Book of Enoch is being re-enacted in the local landscape. Do Paradise and Pleasures get invaded by the fallen and as a result of ancient abominations, the area becomes desolate and a dry den and desert for wild beasts ?
Is this the meaning of Dryden tower ? does it have some occult significance coming from the mid 19th century when all the other biblical references in and around Edinburgh such as the naming of ‘Joppa’ perhaps after the camp of the lost tribe of Dan were being enacted by the City Fathers.
In the Book of Enoch and in Genesis there is the story of the fallen angels creating abominations and sinning against nature and animal life creating chimeras and other hybrids such as centaurs – half-man half-horse.
In that context then in a former locally named geographical paradise or place of pleasures sits Roslin Biolab – the Cloning Institute that famously begot by Cloning, Dolly the Sheep.
The Roslin Institute no longer undertakes research related to cloning of animals, although many of the techniques developed as part of the research that resulted in the birth of Dolly the Sheep continue to be used in the Institute’s development of genetic modification technologies and applications.
Here are some excerpts from ancient scroll fragments that give other detail on the activities of the fallen in paradise.
The Book of Giants retells the story of the fall of angels and begetting of giants and other monsters. Existing scroll fragments elaborate on the exploits of the fallen and giants, especially the two children of Shemihaza, Ohya and Hahya. Since no complete manuscript exists of Giants, its exact contents and order are guesswork. Most of the content of the present fragments concerns the fallen’s ominous dreams and Enoch’s efforts to interpret them and to intercede with God on their behalf. Unfortunately, little remains of the independent adventures of the fallen and their offspring the giants, but it is likely that these tales were at least partially derived from ancient Near Eastern mythology. – adapted from Michael Wise, Martin Abegg Jr., and Edward Cook, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation, (HarperSanFrancisco, 1996) p246-250.
The two hundred fallen angels choose animals on which to perform unnatural acts, including, presumably, humans.
1Q23 Frag. 1 + 6 [ . . . two hundred] 2donkeys, two hundred asses, two hundred . . . rams of the] 3flock, two hundred goats, two hundred [ . . . beast of the] 4field from every animal, from every [bird . . . ] 5[ . . . ] for miscegenation [ . . . ]
The outcome of the demonic corruption was violence, perversion, and a brood of monstrous beings. Compare Genesis 6:4.
4Q531 Frag. 2 [ . . . ] they defiled [ . . . ] 2[ . . . they begot] giants and monsters [ . . . ] 3[ . . . ] they begot, and, behold, all [the earth was corrupted . . . ] 4[ . . . ] with its blood and by the hand of [ . . . ] 5[giant’s] which did not suffice for them and [ . . . ] 6[ . . . ] and they were seeking to devour many [ . . . ] 7[ . . . ] 8[ . . . ] the monsters attacked it.
4Q532 Col. 2 Frags. 1 – 6 2[ . . . ] flesh [ . . . ] 3al[l . . . ] monsters [ . . . ] will be [ . . . ] 4[ . . . ] they would arise [ . . . ] lacking in true knowledge [ . . . ] because [ . . . ] 5[ . . . ] the earth [grew corrupt . . . ] mighty [ . . . ] 6[ . . . ] they were considering [ . . . ] 7[ . . . ] from the angels upon [ . . . ] 8[ . . . ] in the end it will perish and die [ . . . ] 9[ . . . ] they caused great corruption in the [earth . . . ] [ . . . this did not] suffice to [ . . . ] “they will be [ . . . ]