Relationship Between Deity And Humanity In Genesis And Enuma Elish

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The book of Genesis and the poem Enuma Elish both describe the story of creation, in their own ways. Initially we can see that there are very different beliefs of how creation came to be throughout the stories, but there are some underlying concepts that are the same. The relationship between Deity and humanity in Genesis 1 and 2 is one that resembles a father and son, where as in the Enuma Elish humanity is merely a tool for the gods the handle their menial work.
The book of Genesis gives the account to how the world was formed and the different promises God gives to his people. In Genesis 1 we also read about how man and woman were formed and get a glimpse at the relationship between the two. Towards the end of Chapter 1 we come to a point
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The pieces were taken from Kingu the husband to the saltwater godess, who Marduk slayed. Marduk instructs the gods to take parts of Kingus body to form humanity. This story of the creation of man seems really impersonal. Marduk did not seem to want an intimate relationship with man whatsoever. Unlike the bible Marduk did not breathe into man the breath of life or make man in his own image. There is no intimacy or pride in the creation of man in the Enuma Elish. Marduk does not seem satisfied in his work, it almost seems as if he would be content with any turnout. That how man looks or acts is of no importance as long as he can be a service to the …show more content…
Marduk wanted a temple to be made and used the humans formed from Kingu’s body to fulfill his dream. This is very different than the way man was constructed in the bible. Marduk didn’t see man as worthy enough to be like the gods, he wanted him to be inferior. He didn’t take any time to make man beautiful he merely wanted him made so he can start being a slave, so the gods can be at ease. I believe that in the story of Enuma Elish man was just a prop that the gods use as a slave and for entertainment. This is an under ruling theme throughout stories in history, such as the Iliad. In the Iliad the gods take humor in man’s struggles and misfortunes.
There are many conflicting beliefs that we can see when comparing the Enuma Elish and the book of Genesis. The intentions for man in both stories are jurasically different, however how man was made raises some similarities. Throughout Genesis we see that God and man have a father son relationship, where as in Enuma Elish, humanity is merely a slave to the

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