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Satan Wants You To Know (Message #3)

Construction of Noah's Ark

The Flood

The most significant ancient Near Eastern flood accounts are found in the Atrahasis Epic and the Gilgamesh Epic. In these accounts the chief god, Enil, becomes angry at mankind (the Atrahasis Epic portrays him as disturbed over the “noise” of mankind) and, after trying unsuccessfully to remedy the situation by reducing the population through things like drought and disease, persuades the divine assembly to approve a flood for the total elimination of mankind.

The god Ea manages to forwarn one loyal worshipper, a king who is instructed to build a boat that will preserve not only him and his family, but representatives skilled in the various arts of civilization. The other people of the city are told that the gods are angry with the king and he must leave them.

The pitch-covered boat has seven stories shaped either as a cube or, more likely, a ziggurat. The storm lasts seven days and nights after which the boat comes to rest on Mt. Nisir. Birds are sent out to determine the time of leaving the ark. Sacrifices are made for which the gods are very thankful since they have been deprived of food (sacrifices) since the flood began.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

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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

October 2, 2010 Posted by | Education, Satan Wants You To Know | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment