The Babylonian Legends of the Creation and the Fight between Bel and the Dragon 1921 PDF book

The Babylonian Legends of the Creation and the Fight between Bel and the Dragon as Told by Assyrian Tablets from Nineveh' (1921) with Illustrations

The Babylonian Legends of the Creation


The Babylonian Legends of the Creation

"The apocryphal book of "Bel and the Dragon" shows that a form of the Legend was in existence among the Babylonian Jews long after the Captivity and the narrative relating to it associates it with religious observances. But there is no foundation whatsoever for the assertion which has so often been made that the Two Accounts of the Creation which are given in the early chapters in Genesis are derived from the Seven Tablets of Creation described in the preceding pages.


It is true that there are many points of resemblance between the narratives in cuneiform and Hebrew, and these often illustrate each other, but the fundamental conceptions of the Babylonian and Hebrew accounts are essentially different. In the former, the earliest beings that existed were foul demons and devils, and the God of Creation only appears at a later period, but in the latter, the conception of God is that of a Being Who existed in and from the beginning, Almighty and Alone, and the devils of chaos and evil are His servants."





Author: E.A. Wallis Budge 
 Publication Date: 1921
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