Compare and Contrast Genesis and Enuma Elish

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Dependent on one’s religion, different beliefs about how the world we live in was created may arise. Looking deeper into the literature, one will realize there are also many similarities between creation stories. Based on the strong possibility that Genesis was influenced by the Enuma Elish, there are similarities that stem from the fact that they both describe the creation of a new world as well as differences in their interpretations and approaches to creationism. The Enuma Elish is a Babylonian creation story comprised of seven tablets. It was thought to be used during celebrations and ceremonies in 12th century B.C. The story focuses on many Gods, primarily Tiamat and Marduk. The title, Enuma Elish means “when on high” in old Babylonian. Genesis, the first book of the Christian Old Testament in the Bible, was written around the 5th century B.C. Genesis is also a creation story featuring God and his creation of Adam and Eve. The title Genesis means “beginning” in the Hebrew language.
There are many similarities between Enuma Elish and Genesis that lead scholars to believe that the latter was influenced by the former. First of all, according to the Journal of Biblical literature, “both…stor[ies] are introduced by a temporal clause”. “When on high” gives Enuma Elish the spiritual sense while “in the beginning” is Genesis’s worldly opening. Additionally, the way both…
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