Religious Tolerance Noah’s ark and the flood Points of similarity between the Babylonian and Noachian flood stories horizontal rule Comparing the stories The Chaldean Flood Tablets from the city of Ur in what is now Southern Iraq contain a story that describes how the Bablylonian god Enlil had been bothered by the incessant noise generated […]
A ICEBERG - SUMERIAN LIFE AND BELIEFS
Similarities To Other Stories The similarities between the stories and characters in the Bible and those from previous mythologies are both undeniable and well-documented. It is only due to the extreme religious bias that pervades our world today that people rarely get exposed to this information. In this short piece I’ll attempt to show blatant […]
Possible depiction of the god Nanna, seated on a temple-like throne, on a fragment of the Stele of Ur-Namma at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (object number B16676.14) (ca. 2100 BCE). The stele was excavated at Ur. © Penn Museum. Mesopotamian moon god. He was called Nanna in Sumerian, and Su’en […]
Original Sin, or the belief that we are laden with wickedness due to Adam and Eve’s defiance of God in the Garden of Eden, is a pillar of most world religions. Infamously, the ‘fall of man’ (as it is often dubbed) came about when the first lady, and her man, succumbed to the temptation of […]
‘This account of Middle Eastern creation myths is a very detailed in its geographical and historical focus, and impressively wide-ranging in its scope… the painstaking research and critical insight make this a very valuable contribution to the subject.’ – Journal Of Beliefs & Values This comprehensive study of Middle Eastern creation stories explores the region’s […]
Hermeneutics, Sumerian, Book of Genesis, Sumerian & Akkadian literature This thesis contends that myth served the role of speculative philosophy for ancient Near Eastern peoples and examines some of the implications, particularly hermeneutical implications, of the claim. The Introduction presents a case for using the Sumerian mythographic tradition as a control, an introduction to the […]
A newly reconstructed manuscript of the Sumerian Flood Story from Old Babylonian Ur furnishes us with further content of the composition, most notably the divine appointment of the first king, Alulim of Eridu. It appears that this text contained an etiology for the pervasive royal image of the king as shepherd of the people.