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Enuma Elish - The Babylonian Creation Story - Enuma Elish - The Babylonian Creation Story Like the Greek Theogony, the creation of the world in the Enuma elish begins with the universe in a formless state, from which emerge two primary gods, male and female: When the skies above were not yet named Nor earth below pronounced by name, Apsu, the first one, their begetter, And maker Tiamat, who bore them all, Had mixed their waters together, But had not formed pastures, nor discovered reed-beds; When yet no gods were manifest, Nor names pronounced, nor destinies decreed, Then gods were born within them....   [tags: Enuma Elish]
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The Intent Behind the Enuma Elish (Creation Epic) - The Intent Behind the Enuma Elish       The Enuma Elish, often known as The Creation Epic, is often considered the primary source of Mesopotamian cosmology. However, to view the Enuma Elish as a cosmological myth obscures the true intent of the epicís author. The cosmological elements of the Enuma Elish are secondary to the authorís effort to explain the supremacy of Marduk, to justify absolute oriental monarchy, and to defend Babylon as the axis mundi. The Enuma Elish was composed in Babylonin the early second millennium B.C.E....   [tags: Enuma Elish Essays]
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Comparing Enuma Elish and Genesis - Comparing Enuma Elish and Genesis Since the beginning of time, societies have created stories to explain the mystery of the origin of man and the universe. In the Babylonian text, Enuma Elish and the book of Genesis-which originated in the same part of the world-one finds two very different stories about the creation of man. These two creation stories contrast the two societies that created them: the chaotic lives of servitude of the Babylonians and the lives of the recently freed Jewish people....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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Ea is a Trickster God in Both Babylonian Enuma Elish and the Hattian Kamarbi Cycle - ... One way that he does so in the Enuma Elish is by transforming Anu into his palace, while in the Kumarbi Cycle he allows for Tessub’s birth. In both the Enuma Elish and the Kumarbi cycle, Ea acts as a trickster god, deceiving and shaping the story as it progresses. In the Enuma Elish, after discovering Apsu’s plot to destroy the other gods, Ea “recited [a lullaby and]…put Apsu to sleep, [then] held [him] down and slew him.” Ea was the only god clever enough to realize what Apsu was planning and come up with a plan to stop him....   [tags: deceive, myth, culture]
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The Differences Between Enuma Elish-The Epic of Creation and Genesis 1:1-3:24 - In this paper I will discuss three similarities and four differences between Enuma Elish-The Epic of Creation (King,1902) and Genesis 1:1-3:24 as described by Michael Fishbane (Fishbane, 1979). These writings are selected to describe the story of creation of the earth and the inhabitants of the earth. However, each author has a very different view and way of explaining what they have interpreted the sacred texts to mean. The biggest similarity I found is that both indicate there is a creator. Each writing states that a being or person created each creature during the time....   [tags: god, life, man]
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GENESIS AND ANCIENT MYTHS OF THE NEAR EAST - When one approaches the biblical text, it is important to explore the cultural context in which the text occurs. With regard to the Book of Genesis, it is important to examine the writing with other contemporary works of similar geography and topics. The people of ancient Mesopotamia, where the oldest civilizations originated, produced a number of stories of creation and natural occurrences. It is important to note that many of the stories of the Sumerians, Akkadians and Hebrews began as oral traditions as the events they depict predate writing, so it is difficult to date these works on the basis of when these prehistoric myths were initiated....   [tags: Cultural Context, Enuma Elish]
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The Significance of Creation in Hebraic Thought - Keeping Wellhousen's Documentary Hypothesis in mind, it seems clear that although the Hebraic ideas about the cosmology of creation were very similar to that of other Ancient Near East societies, the Hebrews had very different beliefs about the theological and anthropological significances of that creation. There are important similarities and differences between the creation accounts of Genesis and the Enuma Elish, which, using the Historical Critical Method, can be used to come to a clearer understanding of the Hebraic concept of the origins of the world....   [tags: enuma elish, babylonian]
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Succession in Myth - In a succession myth, the familial relationship between the gods is significant. In the three works: The Babylonian Enuma Elish, The Hittite Illuyanka Myths (version 2) and the Greek Theogony by Hesiod; it can be argued that the succession of the gods is a reflection of their power and that this power eventually leads to a redistribution of position within the gods. In the Babylonian Enuma Elish, each generation of god is proclaimed to be stronger than the last and eventually this culmination of power leads to Marduk killing his great-great grandmother....   [tags: Mythology ]
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Succession in Myths - In a succession myth, the familial relationship between the gods is significant. In the three works: The Babylonian Enuma Elish, The Hittite Illuyanka Myths (version 2) and the Greek Theogony by Hesiod; it can be argued that the succession of the gods is a reflection of their power and that this power eventually leads to a redistribution of position within the gods. In the Babylonian Enuma Elish, each generation of god is proclaimed to be stronger than the last and eventually this culmination of power leads to Marduk killing his great-great grandmother....   [tags: Shifting Power, Familial Relationships]
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Hebrew Nomads View on the Creation - ... This is the story the Babylonians would have believed in when they heard Genesis. Genesis starts by saying “in beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. The Bible talks about God speaking things into existence. First God made the light, which He separated into day and night. Next, God created the sky and then the waters. “He called the dry ground ‘land’ and the waters ‘seas’”. This is when God says that “it was good”. God states that his creations are good, which is different from the creations of Enuma Elish....   [tags: Genesis, Hebrew, Bible] 1165 words
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The Creation in the Hebraic and Babylonian Traditions - Keeping Wellhousen's Documentary Hypothesis in mind, it seems clear that although the Hebraic understanding of the cosmology of creation was very similar to that of other Ancient Near East societies, they had very different theories about the theological and anthropological significance of that creation. The creation accounts in Genesis were compiled at very important periods in Jewish history. This account reflects prevailing sentiments of unity, and a personal relationship between God and humanity, as reflected in the intimacy of creation....   [tags: Deity, World, Jewish]
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Cosmogenic Myths: Timaeus and Genesis I - Although, they are different in every region, cosmogenic myths have many universal elements that are seemingly essential to the genre. The archetypal creation or origin myth contains four ideas that create a foundation for subsequent cultural dogma: primeval chaos, dualism, creation through sacrifice, and conjecture. They can start out very simply, and grow more complex as they are affected by time. They may be distorted, as they are passed down by oral tradition. And then later, when they are written down the meaning may change....   [tags: Mythology ]
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Creation Myths in Every Culture - At the core of almost every sophisticated culture is a creation myth: a story of how that culture came to be, a tale that attempts to put in universal context the place that society has in the world. From these creation myths, it is possible to draw far-reaching conclusions about the structure and functioning of these societies. The universality of the creation myth and the similar themes that bind these myths together in diverse cultures around the world points to the importance these myths hold in the cultures they define....   [tags: Natural, World, Social Hierarchy] 1791 words
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The Old Testament - The Old Testament The Old Testament is a compilation, and like every compilation it has a wide variety of contributors who, in turn, have their individual influence upon the final work. It is no surprise, then, that there exist certain parallels between the Enuma Elish, the cosmogony of the Babylonians, and the Book of Genesis, the first part of the Pentateuch section of the Bible. In fact, arguments may be made that other Near Eastern texts, particularly Sumerian, have had their influences in Biblical texts....   [tags: Religion Influence Religious Bible Essays] 2123 words
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Peace or Violence: Differences between the Navajo and Babylonian Creation Myths - Peace or Violence: Differences Between the Navajo and Babylonian Creation Myths "The study of world history is an exhilarating project that offers unparallel opportunity to understand oneself and one's own society in relation to the larger world" (Bently xvii). Indeed, world history is an exciting and interesting topic. The textbooks seem to get more in depth and detailed with every new year. But how exactly do historians get all of the material to make these textbooks. What do they base their facts on....   [tags: World History] 890 words
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Bible: The Book of Daniel - The Book of Daniel is the only full-blown apocalyptic book in the Protestant recognized version of the Canon. A literary device divides the book into two halves. Chapters 1-6 are a collection of stories that introduces the reader to Daniel and three other Israelites as unwilling guests of the Babylonia Empire ruled by Nebuchadnezzar. The second half, Chapters 7-12 consists of apocalyptic imagery of deformed beasts and the heavenly court. The focus of this paper will be on chapter 7, which serves as a bridge of the two halves....   [tags: Israelites, nebuchadnezzar]
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The Problem With Teaching Creationism in the Science Classroom - The creation stories in Genesis, though they tackle similar themes, have different points of view and focuses as to the fundamentals of the creation process. The first story centers on the process by which God creates the universe as a whole. In essence, He imposes order upon chaos: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2, King James Version). From this raw state, He delineates different aspects of the cosmos from the night and day all the way down to man and woman....   [tags: Genesis Creation Myths] 1323 words
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The Use of Beer in the Ancient Near East - The first chemical proof of beer production, found inside ceramics from Godin Tepe located in the Zagros Mountains, showed that beer production occurred as early as the fourth millennium BC. Later sources provide even more evidence of beer production in sources such as the Enuma Elish, or the Babylonian Epic of Creation, written between the fourteenth and twelfth century BC. Other texts and wall paintings depict the importance of beer in various Ancient Near Eastern cultures, yet scholars continue to ignore the importance of beer, and instead, incorrectly translating beer to mean wine or a strong drink.1 This is most likely due in part to today’s society in which beer is seen more as a drink...   [tags: alcoholic drinks in history] 1284 words
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Use of Beer in the Ancient Near East - The first chemical proof of beer production, found inside ceramics from Godin Tepe in the Zagros Mountains, showed that beer production occurred as early as 4, 000 BC . Later sources provide even more evidence of beer production in sources such as the Enuma Elish, or the Babylonian Epic of Creation, written between the fourteenth and twelfth century BC . Other texts and wall paintings depict the importance of beer in various Ancient Near Eastern cultures, yet scholars continue to ignore the importance of beer, and instead, incorrectly translating beer to mean wine or a strong drink1....   [tags: Religious Ceremonies, Cuneiform]
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UFO's and Extraterrestrial Aliens: Earth Has Been Visited - The question of extraterrestrial life has perplexed scholars for many years. With so many reports of UFO’s and abductions, what is the truth of the matter. I have read many of Zecharia Sitchin’s books about extraterrestrials visiting Earth in the distant past. He collects his information from ancient clay tablets written in cuneiform, the bible, and many archeological sites from all over the world. In his series of books called, The Earth Chronicles, Mr. Sitchin has concluded that aliens came to earth hundreds of thousands of years ago....   [tags: Ancient Alien Theory]
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Religion Provides a Humane Society as a Whole - ... One particular god, Horus, was needed to maintain order against chaos, the god Set. Therefore, a complex set of rituals were required to be performed by humans to sustain Horus in his battle against chaos (Ludwig, p326-327). Likewise, a variety of rituals common in ancient Mesopotamia were vial to harmonize the gods and goddesses to better ensure a stable cosmos (Ludwig, p329). Additionally, The Great Flood Story further validates to importance of harmony not only between the gods but also between the gods and humans....   [tags: theory, practice, sacred] 712 words
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Greek Mythology vs. Ancient Near East Mytholgy - Greek Mythology played a monumental role in the structural development of ancient Greece, not only as a society, but as individuals. Surprisingly, their religion was not exactly one of originality. In fact, their religion was loosely based on earlier cultures’ religions. It bears many strikingly similar resemblances to some of the oldest recorded religions in history. Ancient Greek religion is a type of polytheism called “Monarchial Polytheism.” That is, they believe in several different gods and deities but there is a supreme ruler above all of them....   [tags: Mythology ]
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Oedipus the King: Expansion of Human Consciousness - Comments on Oedipus the King It has been a fascinating process to read Sophoclesís play, Oedipus the King , with fresh eyes, mentally carving away the things I "know" about the story, in particular Freudís application of it to human psychology and my own spiritual take on it (in part derived from the popular show "The Gospel at Colonus"). As my preconceptions dropped away, several dramatic ways in which this extraordinary drama moves away from the early Akkadian cosmgony, "Enuma Elish" and Hesiodís "Theogony" revealed themselves....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 627 words
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The Benefits of Our Government - The Benefits of Our Government The monstrous nature of government is evident to the everyday citizen. It is monstrous to oppress the poor and minorities and it is certainly monstrous to declare war on another country and inflict pain and suffering on its people. Yet it is also obvious to the every day citizen that government is necessary to preserve order. Without law or law enforcement, criminals would roam the streets and wreak havoc. Without a military, other countries would invade us violently....   [tags: Governmental Politics Economics Essays]
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The Flood of Noah and Gilgamesh - The Flood of Noah and Gilgamesh      With the discovery of texts from ancient civilizations, many people have come to believe that various texts are common to one another. Examples of these texts are the creation stories from the Hebrews found in the Bible, The Hymn of Ra from the Egyptians, and the Enuma Elish stories from the Babylonians. In addition to these stories are the flood stories. These stories have caused many discussions among scholars involved with ancient civilizations.      The two main stories largely discussed are the Genesis and Gilgamesh flood stories....   [tags: Biblical Flood Epic Gilgamesh Compare Essays]
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Creating an Environmental Ethic - Creating an Environmental Ethic Traditionally, Western views of environment ethics has been unclear and for the most part unnecessary. We used earth’s resources without thinking about consequence. This nonchalant use aided in the West’s ability to influence the world through technological advances. In the past, limited travel and slow communication systems had limited our view to a local one. If pollution or to much urbanization occurred the solution was to move. Industrialization has changed things....   [tags: Papers] 1412 words
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Comparitive Flood Stories - Comparitive Flood Stories Most comparisons between Genesis and ancient Creation or Flood stories can be classified as comparative religious studies. They generally involve one text isolated from its original historical context (e.g., the Babylonian creation myth Enuma Elish or the Flood tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic) and one related biblical narrative. On the basis of currently available evidence, their earliest-known written form can be dated only to the first half of the first millenium B.C....   [tags: Papers] 3026 words
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Afterlife - Afterlife When we think about the afterlife today it is easy to categorize the locations after death: Heaven and Hell. As Christians, we have guidelines in which to receive eternal life and we follow the life as Jesus Christ, and according to the Bible, through Him we are saved. Pretty simple to concept, but in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India, the afterlife is not so easy to grasp. Polytheism, pharaohs, and Buddha will all be prevalent in this exploration of the afterlife in ancient civilizations....   [tags: Papers] 983 words
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