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Enuma Elish
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Enûma Eliš (Epic of Creation). Dating from at least the early first millennium bc. Written in wedge-shaped cuneiform on seven tablets. Akkadian cosmology and theogony story about the god Marduk in the Babylonian version and the god Aššur in the Assyrian version. Parallels the Genesis creation account(s) in several places.
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Enuma Elish
Enuma Elish Enûma Eliš (Epic of Creation). Dating from at least the early first millennium bc. Written in wedge-shaped cuneiform on seven tablets. Akkadian cosmology and theogony story about the god Marduk in the Babylonian version and the god Aššur in the Assyrian version. Parallels the Genesis creation
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Enuma Elish
ENUMA ELISH. A Babylonian narrative myth of about 1100 poetic lines, often misleadingly called “The (Babylonian) Epic of Creation.” Its purpose was to explain and justify the rise of the god Marduk to headship of the pantheon, and creation is incidental to that. H. Gunkel and others held that it was
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Enuma Elish
Enuma Elish. Title of the Babylonian creation epic found during excavations at Nineveh (1848–76). The words enuma elish mean “when on high” and are the first two words of the epic, introducing the reader to a time when the heavens “on high” had not been named and the earth did not yet exist. The cuneiform
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Enuma Elish
ENUMA ELISH* Title of the Babylonian creation epic found during excavations at Nineveh (1848–76). The words enuma elish mean “when on high” and are the first two words of the epic, introducing the reader to a time when the heavens “on high” had not been named and the earth did not yet exist. The cuneiform
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Enuma Elish
Enuma Elish en-oo’muh-el’ish. The opening phrase and title of the most important Mesopotamian cosmological myth. The text was usually written on seven tablets in the Babylonian dialect of Akkadian (see languages of the ANE II.A) and used as the ceremonial epic in the New Year’s ritual at the great temple
Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science
Enuma Elish
ENUMA ELISH. Enuma Elish is a Babylonian composition that describes how the god Marduk assumed the kingship of the gods among the Babylonians and the resulting construction of his temple Esagila (for English translation, see Foster 1997). Since Marduk was the city god of Babylon, his rise to dominance
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ENUMA ELISH
ENUMA ELISH en-oo´muh-el´ish. The exact date for the composition of this Akkadian poem is a matter of dispute. Since the earliest copies of the work date from the 1st millennium bce, earlier scholarship tended to link the date of its composition to the slightly earlier retrieval of the cult statue of