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The Enuma Elish: History as Mythology

During the Bronze Age in Mesopotamia, empires rose and fell. In the Enuma Elish, the creation story of the Babylonians, this is told in mythic terms. 453 more words


Steven DiMattei: Creation 'Ex Nihilo' a Foreign Concept

Steven DiMattei, Genesis 1 and the Creationism Debate: Being Honest to the Text, Its Author, and His Beliefs (Wipf & Stock, 2016), 10-11.

In general terms, then, the authors and cultures of these ancient Near Eastern creation myths, Genesis 1 included, did not conceive of creation as an act of creating matter, but as an act of creating order, form, purpose, and habitable land with tamed and separated waters out of an initial primeval state of untamed waters, darkness, and an unformed and uninhabitable earth mass.

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all who hunger: rest

i recently shared these words with our university ministry community in berkeley, for a series titled, “all who hunger.”

if you haven’t been with us, welcome. 2,703 more words

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The Exodus as a Creation Story

The crossing of the Red Sea carries echoes of ancient creation stories.

 Ancient creation myths, whether Mesopotamian or Egyptian, often shared a common feature. They assumed that the structured order of the world as we know it arose out of an aboriginal watery chaos. 1,125 more words


Michael D. Coogan: Genesis 1:2 and Enuma Elish

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 38.

The second verse of Genesis seems to allude to the battle between the storm god and the primeval sea, found in 

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The chicken or the egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This is an old riddle. All chickens hatch from eggs, and all chicken eggs are laid by hens, which are adult chickens. 12,166 more words


Digital Hamurabbi Takes Down Hugh Ross

Hugh Ross is a highly educated man. He holds a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Toronto and runs the website Reasons to Believe… 143 more words

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