Diverting the Stream of Tradition:

J. David Pleins

in When the Great Abyss Opened

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199733637
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852505 | DOI:
Diverting the Stream of Tradition:

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Redirecting the stream of tradition when analyzing the version of the flood story told in the Bible could possibly account for the Bible's uniqueness and connectedness if one looks into the influence of Middle Eastern cultures and how this brings about certain modifications in human thought. Examining the major aspects of Mesopotamian literature would point out how focus is given to the Bible as Ziusudra, Atrahasis, and Utnapishtim—Noah's Mesopotamian counterparts—also experience the same fate as Noah. Although the Bible may have been able to preserve the elements that make the myth unique, Mesopotamian and Israelite story tellers may have exaggerated their versions of this narrative. In this chapter, the book looks into the counterparts of the flood story and provides a comparison with Mesopotamian culture.

Keywords: Bible; Middle Eastern cultures; Mesopotamian literature; Atrahasis; Ziusudra; Utnapishtim; Israelite stories

Chapter.  6859 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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