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Bibil Identifier bibil:221583
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) How to Start a Cosmogony: On the Poetics of Beginnings in Greece and the Near East
Author López-Ruiz, Carolina
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 12, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 30–48 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In this essay I explore the beginning lines of the most relevant cosmogonies from the eastern Mediterranean, focusing on the Enuma Elish, Genesis 1 and Hesiod’s Theogony. These opening lines reveal some of the challenges faced by the authors of these texts when committing to the written word their version of the beginning of the universe. Hesiod’s Theogony will be treated in more length as it presents an expanded introduction to the creation account. This close reading is followed by a few reflections on the question of authorship of these and other Greek and Near Eastern cosmogonies.
DOI 10.1163/156921212X629455
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Creation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Literature : Myths and Narratives : Myths and Tales of Origins
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : World (Concept of)
Pericopes Genesis 1
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