10 Creation~HO

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REL1310 The Primeval History (I)—Creation primeval/primordial “first age” origins for the world, humankind Cosmology in Gen 1-2 Not the same view as ours (modern, scientific, post-Enlightenment) Same view of the world as other peoples of the ancient Near East “mythic” categories (not historical, not scientific) Jesus’ parables “the smallest of all seeds” (Matt 13:31 etc.; not scientifically true, but religiously true) Therefore, studying other ancient texts is helpful to understanding the Bible. Enuma elish “When on high” 1. In Greek mythology, Zeus is a storm god, Apollo is the sun god, and Aphrodite is the love goddess. In Mesopotamian mythology, what sort of goddess is Tiamat? 2. What is Tiamat’s relationship to the other gods? (see Tablet I) 3. Who are Tiamat’s allies and/or weapons? (see Tablet III) 4. In Mesopotamian mythology, what sort of god is Marduk? 5. How is his physical appearance described? (see Tablet IV) 6. How does he create things or cause them to come into existence? (see Tablet IV)
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Unformatted text preview: 7. What is his relationship to other deities? (Tablet III) 8. When he goes out to battle, what are his weapons? (Tablet IV) 9. How does he slay Tiamat? (Tablet IV) 10. What does he do with her body? (see Tablet IV) 11. Why is humanity created and how? (Tablet VI) Creation elsewhere in the Bible: Psalm 74:12-17 1. Who was Gods opponent? 2. What did God do with is opponent after defeating it? Psalm 89:5-13 1. What was Gods position in the cosmos? 2. Who was Gods opponent? 3. What did God do with his opponent after defeating it? Psalm 104:1-13, 24-26 1. What was Gods mode of transport? 2. What did God do after defeating the foe? 3. How is God described here? Analysis 1. List at least three similarities between Enuma elish and the Biblical texts. 2. List at least three differences. 3. How would you explain the fact that there are both so many similarities and so many differences?...
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