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Satan Wants You To Know (Message #1)

Cuneiform tablet with the Atra-Hasis Epic in t...

Man From Dust

The creation of the first man out of the dust of the earth is similar to what is found in ancient Near Eastern mythology. The Atrahasis Epic portrays the creation of humankind out of the blood of the slain deity mixed with clay. Just as dust in the Bible represents what the body becomes at death (Genesis 3:19), so clay was what the body returned to in Babylonian thinking.

The blood of deity represented the divine essence in mankind, a similar concept to God’s bringing Adam into being with the breath of life. In Egyptian thinking it is the tears of the god that are mixed with clay to form man, though the Instructions of Merikare also speak of the god’s making breath for their noses.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

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