– Reader feedback
– What’s on the blog this week?
The Genesis Account of Creation
– When did we first encounter it?
– Oh, those strategic bushes!
– We take another shot at Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf
– The Breeches Bible
– We plan Nathan’s first book
Scholarly Approaches to Bereshith
– Is the first clause independent or dependent?
– A plurality of versions of every story
– The “telescope” theory
– Other creation stories in the Hebrew Bible
Extrabiblical Ancient Creation Stories
– Enuma Elish
– The Rig Veda
– What do we have to fear from these similarities?
New Testament Creation Accounts
– What does John 1 add?
– Christ as the “first fruit of creation” and “wisdom of God”
Greco-Roman Creation Stories
– Plato’s Timaeus
– How do the Gospels react to Platonic ideas?
– Where does John get his Logos language?
– Hesiod and Ovid
– Love as the first element
English Creation Stories
– Caedmon’s Hymn
– Why Caedmon is not the first English poet
– Mystery plays
– Paradise Lost: Milton’s hedged bets
Where Have All the Creation Stories Gone?
– The Enlightenment
– Romantic individualism
– Post-Darwin literature
– Evangelical anxiety
– Lewis and Tolkein
– Hesitancy as hallmark of modern creation story
– Scientific origin stories
Advantages and Disadvantages of Creation Stories
– A call for humility
– Making doctrine out of poetry
– The multiplicity of stories
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Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Experience.” Essays and Lectures. Ed. Joel Porte. New York: Library of America, 1983. 471-492.
The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New Translation. Trans. Andrew George. New York: Penguin, 1999.
Enuma Elish: The Seven Tablets of the History of Creation. Trans. L.W. King. New York: FQ Classics, 2007.
Hesiod. Theogony, Works and Days, and Shield. Trans. Apostolos N. Athanassakis. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2004.
Lewis, C.S. The Magician’s Nephew. New York: Collier, 1977.
Milton, John. Paradise Lost. New York: Norton, 2004.
Ovid. Metamorphoses. Trans. David Raeburn. New York: Penguin, 2004.
Plato. Timaeus and Critias. Trans. Robin Waterfield. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.
The Rig Veda: One Hundred and Eight Hymns. Trans. Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty. New York: Penguin, 1981.
Tolkein, J.R.R. The Simarillion. Ed. Christopher Tolkein. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004.