By D. Westbrook
Conversing of Gods in determine and Narrative analyzes the figurative-narrative production of gods, their heavenly abodes, and behaviors, attaining again to the start of heritage in Sumer, Babylon, Egypt, Persia, and Greece, and carrying on with via a biblical culture that incorporates the Hebrew Bible, the hot testomony, and the Qur’an. Each tradition leaves its linguistic residue for the subsequent to include into its sacred texts, leading to the perpetuation and validation of historic imagining, attitudes, and ideas.
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Philosophy] made answer: . . “I roundly affirm that there is no such thing as chance at all, and consider the word to be altogether without meaning. . ” Consolation of Philosophy 173–74 In a Christian context, this metaphor of divine authorship (of the book and human history) and the inevitability of its progress are referred to as Providence, which directs the course of events from the momentous (for example, the Flood) to the trivial: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them shall fall to the ground without your Father’s will.
It interrupts the senseless flow of time and shelters those within from absurdity. Outside the structure, in obedience to physical law, a relentless wind drives sand through darkness across an endless landscape. indd 18 11/24/2010 6:39:34 PM arbitrarily, with the first wall of the time shelter—“When there was nothing but fire and ice . . ” (Crossley-Holland 3); “When above . . ” (the opening words of the Babylonian creation epic); speaking as the Egyptian god Ra, “I made a platform in my heart talking it into act / there came / the many living things .
Kramer has noticed that the narrative of the rib and the naming of the woman were carried over from a Sumerian tale involving a pun on the Sumerian homonyms rib and live, a pun that must have originally fostered a narrative about the creation and naming of woman, but that loses its double entendre when translated into Hebrew (History Begins at Sumer 144). indd 28 11/24/2010 6:39:35 PM In the Beginning 29 make Mother Earth primary, and the man her child. In Genesis, Eve, “living,” actually brings death into Yahweh’s pristine garden-world.