Comparitive Flood Stories Essay

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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. William Shea of Andrews University has pointed out that by using isolated, solitary Creation or Flood stories, that we neglect a large amount of other literary critcism which can be very helpful to our understanding. The Genesis…show more content…
She perfected divine service and the august offices, she said to the (surrounding) regions: "Let me institute peace there" The following is a summary of the initial creation: “When An, Enlil, Enki, and Ninhursaga [Nintur] fashioned the darkheaded (people) they had made the small animals (that come up) from (out of) the earth come up from the earth in abundance, and had let there be, as befits (it), gazelles, (wild) donkeys, and fourfooted beasts in the desert'' The god of wisdom, and Nintur were active in creation. It is obvious that this is referring to Sumerians, as they named themselves, “the dark-headed people” in history. This seems to indicate that this part of the text was preceded by a creation account. Shea also believes that the previous missing section is related to “the development of man’s plight”. In a text from Ur, we find a reference to a time when there was neither agriculture nor weaving of cloth. Despite the obvious danger of this type of poverty, the people lived safely, as there were no dangerous animals and man had no opponent. The next legible section of the text, according to scholars, discusses the establishment of kingship, which was believed to be a gift from the gods. As the chief agent responsible for carrying out

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