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    Comparing Enuma Elish and Genesis

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    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

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    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

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    than literature. Two of the most popular stories of creation include the biblical tale of Genesis and the Babylonian epic, Enuma Elish. Many historians have debated over which of the two stories was derived from the other. While both stories are different and depict different ideals of how the universe came to be they due hold striking similarities. The epic of Enuma Elish is comprised of seven tablets and was written sometime in the eleventh century. This epic narrates a great conflict between

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    Enuma Elish - The Babylonian Creation Story

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    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

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    The Babylonian Enuma Elish and the Hattian Kumarbi Cycle are both succession myths that, although written by two different cultures, have certain characters in common, such as the Babylonian god Ea. There are many similarities in the portrayal of Ea in both works. For one, in both works Ea is depicted as a trickster god, deceiving Kumarbi into biting a rock and Apsu into falling asleep in order for him to kill him. However, Ea is also shown to be wise, acting as adviser of the gods in both myths

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    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.

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    Summary Of Enuma Elish

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    The Enuma Elish The Enuma Elish is a Babylonian/Mesopotamian creation story. In this myth, the Babylonians attempt to explain how man came to be. It begins with Mummu and Tiamat, the bearers of all the gods. Apsu is the begetter, ruler of the world before the heavens and lands were named. Apsu and Tiamat were the mother and father of Mummu, Lahmu and Lahamu, who “for aeons grew in age and stature” (Enuma Elish 1). Anshar and Kishar were then formed. The two of them, more massive than the others,

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    Hesiod’s Theogony and the Babylonian Enuma Elish are both myths that begin as creation myths, explaining how the universe and, later on, humans came to be. These types of myths exist in every culture and, while the account of creation in Hesiod’s Theogony and the Enuma Elish share many similarities, the two myths differ in many ways as well. Both myths begin creation from where the universe is a formless state, from which the primordial gods emerge. The idea of the earth and sky beginning as one

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    Succession in Myths

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    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

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    humanity, as reflected in the intimacy of creation. The first difference between the creation accounts of the Enuma Elish and Genesis is the creation of the world as stemming from Chaos, rather than creation of the world as an ordering of Chaos. This difference in the nature of the Creation is theologically significant because it shows a divergence in the nature of the respective Creators. In the Enuma, creation itself stems from strife and chaos, which give the reader an insight into the nature of the Babylonian

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