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Assignment, Seminar 1 Genesis, Gilgamesh and Divine-Human Relationships 9/7/07 Passage A: “Then God said: ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.’ God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying to them: ‘Be fertile and multiply…’” Genesis 1:26-8 Passage B: “The god [Enlil] then touched our foreheads, blessing us and said: ‘You were human; now you are admitted into the company of gods. Your dwelling place shall be the Faraway, the place which is the source of the outflowing of all the rivers of the world.’” Gilgamesh , Tablet XI (p.75) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - The story Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh in Tablet XI is very similar to—and was probably
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Unformatted text preview: an influence on—the story of Noah in Genesis 7-9. (There are also important differences.) For this short writing assignment, however, you do not need to read about or to discuss Noah. Instead, compare and contrast the way the divine treats humans in the Utnapishtim story and in Genesis 1. If you wish, you might focus on the passages above (A and B), but don’t forget the context in which God says these words in Genesis and Enlil says these words in Gilgamesh . Then, note which one of the stories you prefer . Does one offer a more compelling and/or realistic picture of the relationship between humans and the divine? Even though there is plenty to say on this topic, please keep your comments brief —in fact, no longer than one page. We want to jog your thinking and to enhance the seminar discussion; you need not write a fully-fledged, polished essay. You will receive one of two grades: check for satisfactory work or minus for unsatisfactory (or non-existent!) work....
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