The Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting

Seven Tablets of Creation
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Seven Tablets of Creation

The Seven Tablets of Creation, also called Enuma Elish, have long been considered by scholars to be primary source material for the book of Genesis. British Museum Mackenzie, Donald A. Myths of Babylonia and Assyria. See also- Sacred Texts.com- The Seven Tablets of Creation by Leonard William King, 1902

The Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting
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The Hebrew Bible in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting

Overview Biblical Religion in Context, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Genesis 1-4 in Context, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Primary sources Genesis 1-4 Artifacts Seven Tablets of Creation Secondary sources God Before the Hebrews, Tikva Frymer-Kensky, BAR 8-05, Sep-Oct 1982. Mackenzie, Donald A. Myths of Babylonia and Assyria. Sacred Texts.com- The […]

Creation of Light, Gustave Doré (1832–1883).
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Creation of Light, Gustave Doré (1832–1883).

Genesis 1-4 in Context, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006.
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Genesis 1-4 in Context, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006.

Today what I’d like to do is begin our survey of Genesis 1 through 11, in order to illustrate the way that biblical writers–and precisely who we think they were and when they lived is something we’ll talk about later–but the way biblical writers drew upon the cultural and religious legacy of the Ancient Near […]

Genesis 1-4
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Genesis 1-4

1When God began to create heaven and earth—2the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water—3 God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. […]

Biblical Religion in Context, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006.
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Biblical Religion in Context, Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006.

I mentioned in the opening lecture that this course is going to examine the biblical corpus from a variety of different viewpoints and take a variety of approaches, historical, literary, religious, cultural. And today we are going to begin our appraisal of the first portion of the Bible as the product of a religious and […]

God Before the Hebrews, Tikva Frymer-Kensky, BAR 8:05, Sep-Oct 1982.
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God Before the Hebrews, Tikva Frymer-Kensky, BAR 8:05, Sep-Oct 1982.

What, if anything, can we learn about Biblical religion from the vast quantities of material relating to Mesopotamian religion? The answer is- a great deal. No single volume provides better evidence for this conclusion than the recently published and widely acclaimed book by Thorkild Jacobsen, The Treasures of Darkness—A History of Mesopotamian Religion.a Jacobsen is […]