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In the Beginning Where did man come from Where did time begin Who or what created all things These are questions that mankind has sought to answer from the beginning of existence as it is known today Many stories and fables have been told and passed down from generation to generation yet two have survived the test of time and criticism The Biblical account in Genesis probably written by Moses around 1500 BC and the story of creation and flood in Ovids Metamorphosis written somewhere between 8 and 17 AD have weathered the criticism and become the most famous The Genesis account however may be the most prominent of the two accounts Within these accounts are many similarities as well as differences which make these two writings well respected while holding their own in the literary world Though both accounts of the creation and flood are well respected on their own when compared side to side they are drastically different Ovids purpose for writing the creation story is geared more towards explaining creation as it happens in his opinion whereas the Bible stresses the fact that the God of the Hebrews is responsible for the worlds existence today Overall Ovid is very detailed in explaining the formless mass creation of the earth waters and land metaphorically The Biblical account seems to be more plain simple and organized not spending time on intricate detail There seems to be no specific time frame for creation in Ovids writing whereas the Bible states that it takes God six days to complete His creation resting on the seventh In Metamorphoses the creation story is seven stanzas a compilation of eighty lines It takes Moses thirty- one verses of Old Testament history to complete his story of creation There are a few discrepancies in detail as well The water in Ovids holds up holds in the land while in Genesis
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