Month: September 2012

Abraham in context

Just watched video from Was interesting but not as good as the videos on Enuma Elish and The Epic of Gilgamesh. Some interesting points. When looking on map I saw the main cities along the fertile crescent: Allepo, Damascus, Haran, Ninevah, Babylon. In ancient covenants each party would walk between animals that had been cut in two. They were saying that the gods could do this to them if they broke there covenant. In Genesis 15 the LORD makes a torch pass between the animals that have been cut in two. So here God is making a one-way promise....

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Epic of Gilgamesh

In a recent post we looked at the similarities between the creation account found in Genesis 1 and the Akkadian legend of Enuma Elish. We saw that there were similarities in the way physical things are described but great differences in the way that God or gods are described. Here we look at similarities and differences between the flood account in Genesis 6-8 and the flood account in the Epic of Gilgamesh. In the epic of Gilgamesh a brilliant king Gilgamesh is seeking immortality and goes to seek Utnapishtim for help. Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh of his adventures. He has...

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Genesis 3 and 4

Similarities between Genesis 3 and 4. 1. God has warned Caan as he warned Adam and Eve. 2. God confronts Caan as he did Adam. 3. A curse is pronounced. 4. There is a sending away. Caan is sent away from farming to being a restless wanderer. 5. There is mercy even in judgement. God tells Caan he will protect...

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The Fall and relationships

I have not really considered how the fall affected marriage. So according to Genesis 3 the woman now is desperate for the love of a man. The man wants to dominate over the woman rather than protect and love her. Also the man now has to work harder to survive and the woman has pain in childbearing. Also in Genesis 3 The identity of the serpent. There is no reference in this passage to the serpent being the devil, however in Revelation 12:9 and 20:2 the devil is called “that ancient serpent”. We are told here that he was...

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Genesis and Enuma Elish

If you have time watch this! Genesis and 1 and 2 obviously are not the only early accounts of the creation of the world and of mankind. All people have wondered at where they came from. In this post I look at Enuma Elish – another early creation account and then look at similarities and differences between this account and that of Genesis. Enuma Elish (This can be read This is an old Akkadian (an extinct language from ancient Mesopotamia) tale. According to this account at the beginning there was nothing but raging dark waters that were the personification of two deities:...

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