Comparison of Genesis 1-2 and Enuma Elish

Essay by jaimie1977University, Bachelor's September 2006

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I found a few similarities between Genesis 1-2 and The Enuma Elish Stories. In Genesis 1-2, it spoke of "six days of creation, followed by one days rest." In Enuma Elish, it spoke of "6 generations of gods followed by a divine rest." Both of those seem to mean almost the same to me. They both use the word "Lord" and genesis 1-2 uses "God" and Enuma Elish uses "gods". They both also talk about their creators, dry land and the seas, and both begin with light and end with humankind. Also in the Enuma Elish, it says Marduk "assigns the members of the divine assembly as constellations to mark each season of the year. He assigns the moon to guard the night and to mark the month with its phases"(pg16) and in Genesis 1-2 God said "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from night; they shall serve as signs for the set times-the days and the years; and they serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth."pg13

They both also say that there is light two lights, to separate days and nights meaning the day has the greater light which is sun and the night has stars, a lesser light.

They differ because in Genesis 1-2, it shows man being formed from the dirt where the Enuma Elisha stories show the aborigine formed from the spilled blood of Kingu. I don't find any similarities in that what so ever. In the Enuma Elish stories, it explains that one man was created, next a stronger man was created, and every man after that was even stronger than the one before. In Genesis 1-2, the All Powerful God created a...