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The Gilgamesh Epic in Genesis 1-11
Peering into the Deep

ISBN 9781032020129
Published February 10, 2023 by Routledge
190 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a substantive, reliable, and accessible comparison of the Gilgamesh Epic and Genesis 1–11, investigating their presentation of humanistic themes such as wisdom, power, and the ‘good life.’

While the Gilgamesh Epic and Genesis 1–11 are characterized by historical and cultural features that may seem unusual or challenging to modern readers, such as the intervention of gods and goddesses and talking animals, these ancient literary masterpieces are nonetheless familiar and relatable stories through their humanistic composition. This volume explores the presentation of humanistic themes and motifs throughout both stories. Significant passages and narratives, such as stories from the Garden of Eden and the Flood, are translated into English and accompanied by comprehensive discussions that compare and contrast shared ideas in both compositions. Written in a lucid and concise fashion, this book offers new insights into the Gilgamesh Epic and Genesis 1–11 in an accessible way.

The Gilgamesh Epic in Genesis 1–11: Peering into the Deep is suitable for students and scholars of ancient Near Eastern literature, with broad appeal across religious studies, ancient history, and world literature.

Table of Contents

1. The Art of Comparison; 2. Wisdom was Woven Together at the Beginning…; 3. "O Brave New World?"; 4. Sound(scapes) and Fury; 5. (Re)Interpreting the Divine in the Deluge; 6. Rereading and Reflecting on (Im)Permanence and Enduring Renown; 7. Perennial Inquiry in Lieu of a Conclusion.

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Adam E. Miglio (PhD University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College. His research and writing focus on the languages, history, and literatures of ancient Mesopotamia and Israel.