Noah’s Precursor

Irving Finkel in the New York Times and The Telegraph and also Jerry Coyne on his blog (reprinted in The New Republic) have noted the interesting story (mentioned here a while back) about a Mesopotamian version of the flood myth, another one that is much older than Genesis, featuring a coracle – i.e. a round boat. Click through any [Read More...]

Recycled Stories in the Bible: The Flood

In today’s class, we discussed how awareness of an earlier tradition of telling versions of the same story – as in the case of the Genesis flood story, paralleled in ancient Mesopotamian literature in the Atrahasis and Gilgamesh epics – can be important for understanding the later version of the story in question. [Read more...]

Change Your Perspective

I’ve been enjoying the series on “Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible” over at BioLogos, and the latest installment discusses the reasons why, without additional information provided by astronomy and the sciences more generally, ancient people could not realize that their sense perception of the universe was inaccurate. Changing our perspective is hard, but the [Read More...]


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