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I have spent the first half of this semester studying the historical fiction of ancient cultures more specifically the book Genesis the epic of Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish creation story It was interesting to discover the uniqueness and at the same time the similarities of the stories Many of the details in the stories were similar yet some aspects were different For the purpose of this paper it is important to note the significance of what changes the authors of Genesis made and ask what the authors motives might have been in changing some parts and keeping others the same First I will examine the Creation of the Universe comparing the versions given in Genesis to the version given in the story of the Enuma Elish In both Genesis and in the Enuma Elish the Universe was created by a higher power that had the ability to make order out of chaos Both stories attemp to answer the very difficult question of how life began Perhaps this was an attempt by the authors to give their audience some comfort and stability This question is after all one that everyone would like to know the answer to right The method by which the universe was created does differ quite a bit in each story The Bible assures us that God has the uncanny ability to make something out of nothing and then make it into something else Marduk creator of the universe in the Enuma Elish cannot accomplish this as he must first have the materials those being to be the body of Tiamat In the Enuma Elish creation of the universe is violently portrayed as Marduk must capture then kill Tiamat and salvage the corpse in order to build the universe according to the will of the gods According to the Bible God alone created the universe out of love This is a major difference because it changes the nature of the
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