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Enuma Elish: The Seven Tablets of the History of Creation

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The Enuma Elish is one of the most important sources which provides an understanding of the Babylonian worldview. The Babylonian worldview is centered on the supremacy of Marduk, and contributes the belief that mankind exists to service god. This Babylonian creation epic was first discovered by modern scholars in the ruins of an early library in Mosul, Iraq and its seven t ...more
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Hazal Çamur
İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları bu kitabı "Babilceden", tekrar ediyorum Babilceden çevirmiş. Bence sözün bittiği yerdeyiz :). Her iki çevirmen de notları ve açıklamalarıyla harika bir iş ortaya koymuş.
Öte yandan bu destandaki kimi yerler sonraki mitolojileri nasıl etkilediğinin kanıtı niteliğinde.
David Sarkies
Jul 20, 2012 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like ancient myths
Recommended to David by: Bible College
Shelves: myth
The Mesopotamian creation myth
20 July 2012

When I has handed a copy of this text in Old Testament I was not sure if I had actually read it or not even thought I had the Oxford World Classic's Myths from Mesopotamia. However, when I recently returned to that book to read the myths again (so that I could be more accurate when commenting on them, and the book as a whole, for Goodreads) I discovered that the 'Epic of Creation', as it is called in that book, is the Enuma Elish. I guess I had read it.
Jan 02, 2017 Kahveci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Milattan önce taş tabletlere yazılmış bir eseri hem de Sümerce'den çeviri ile okumak gerçekten heyecan verici.
Alp Turgut
Mar 29, 2016 Alp Turgut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anonymous
"Gılgamış Destanı"ndan sonraki en yaygın ikinci Mezopotamya eseri olan yazılışı M.Ö. 1000'li yıllara dayanan "Enûma Eliš / Babil'in Yaratılış Destanı: Enuma Eliş", tanrı Marduk'un Tiamat ve Kingu'yla savaşını ve ardından adından da anlaşılacağı gibi Babil'in ve insanların yaratılışını konu alan oldukça ilgi çekici bir eser. "Gılgamış Destanı" kadar etkileyici olmasa da en az onun kadar değerli olan "Enuma Eliş"i okurken eserin sadece fantastik edebiyata değil kutsal kitaplara da nasıl yön verdiğ ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Oct 24, 2010 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it really liked it
The edition I had included a few other tablets (such as the great deluge and some hymns to Istar) that were very interesting. The creation story itself is still fairly fragmented but there is a lot to be gathered from what was translatable. I read both the Babylonian and the Neo Babylonian account which were still fairly similar. The war in heaven theme seems to be very prominent throughout ancient history and this was no different. There were some similarities to the Hebrew account of creation ...more
Skyler Myers
Oct 22, 2013 Skyler Myers rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People interested in the most ancient creation myths

* First detailed creation myth ever found

* Some interesting stories


* Missing a ton of content

* Lots of gods with weird names makes it hard to follow

* Doesn't have a clear progression

The Enuma Elish is the earliest creation myth ever discovered, coming from the ancient kingdom of Babylon. It is probably most famous for its obvious influence on the Bible, which the Biblical authors would have plagiarized when they were in Babylonian captivity. The book is nowhere near as detailed as more
Jun 19, 2009 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as likely as Genesis.
Mehmet Beşer
Sep 16, 2016 Mehmet Beşer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marduk'un zaferi yeni bir düzeni müjdeliyor. Tanrılar özgürleşti çünkü insan angaryaları devraldı.
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There is definitely a sense of the work being revisionist as has been noted. The aim appears to be to supplant an older order (often violently, though Enki (Ea) and to a lesser extent Enlil for instance keep an honoured place) and elevate a new (with Marduk at the helm, for the prevailing Babylonian pantheon at least).

This is, in my view, one of the earlies
Filippus  Sergius Angelus
Over 110 years since the release of this translation the Enuma Elish is still one of the earliest recorded creation myths, and although this translation is dated, L.W. King does an excellent job making sense of this highly incomplete work. Reading the material that is there though, opens many avenues for comparative religion. The similarities to the Old Testament are striking, as well as to the symbolism of Norse and other European Pagan religions. This version also includes the original cuneifo ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mesopotamia-iraq
Although it is short and incomplete, I highly recommend the Enuma Elish because:

1. An entertaining, compelling, and very advanced (for its time) creation myth.

2. A primary source of the Biblical creation myth.

Nonetheless, I really wished the scorpion-men and eleven monsters would have taken part in the epic fight between Marduk and Tiamat. Their characters had a lot to offer and I feel they were egregiously underutilized... maybe this is just the Michael Bay in me speaking.

Elias Vasilis Kontaxakis
“When he speaks, we will all do obeisance,
At his command the gods shall pay heed.”

There are probably a few ways to read Enuma Elish, the Babylonian creation epic. We could soak in the ancient Mesopotamian theology or enjoy the battle of the gods and dissemination of culture. We could consider its poetry and observe the quaint veneration towards Marduk. Some may even taste the mental atmosphere of the period. I however see one specific purpose for this work, and feel it’s most profitably read in
The copy I read wasn't this particular one, but a Danish one, with both this and 'Gilgamesh' in it. Which is excellent, because it gives me a means of comparing the two without having to worry about whether or not it was the translations that made me love 'Gilgamesh' and only give this one two stars.

How do you rate or review a creation myth? Especially one so ancient, one of the first pieces of written text that we know of? Answer is – you don't. Instead you think of it merely as a story and go
John Martindale
From what I've read, Enuma Elish is the oldest creation myth that we have. The poem starts with the heavens and the earth being unnamed, when all there was, was Apsu (CHAOS and the Watery abyss) and Tiamat (A sea monster goddess of sorts). Their waters were merged into a single mass, and out of this chaos a long list of god's somehow showed up and created other gods. Eventually it seems Apsu wanted Tiamat to destroy the gods. Marduk was chosen to fight against Tiamat and the evil monsters that s ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Vaishali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-cultures
Wow... these ancients! Please scan a list of the Mesopotamian pantheon before experiencing this text. Lacuna.

Greatest hits:

"She had given him the tablets of destiny. On his chest she laid them, saying 'Thy command shall not be without avail, and the word of thy mouth shall be established.' "

"Thy weapons shall never lose their power. They shall crush thy foe."

"He was clothed with terror."

"And they beheld him. The gods beheld him! The gods, his fathers, beheld him. The gods beheld him
Eylül Çetinbaş
May 22, 2013 Eylül Çetinbaş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Enuma Elish is one of the most splendid creation epics and myths I've ever read. Based on the society's unique religion, it shows an example of gods' sincerity, a realistic world view, mutual relationships between gods and men -not found with a fatalistic and fearful scheme, it demonstrates that a belief system does not have to take the shape of a ''fear center''
Angeli Andres
Feb 20, 2017 Angeli Andres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Even though I have only read the first tablet of the Enuma Elish, it was still a bit difficult to understand. It may be due to translation errors or incompleteness (stone does erode afterall), but I still found the translation to be an interesting read. Although the family tree is a bit hard to follow, reading the Babylonian creation story as a whole was interesting enough. This was how they believed the world was created. It may seem like just a story or a legend to us, but this was more than l ...more
Feb 18, 2017 Neave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the first tablet of this was very interesting. I like how it seems this version of the universe’s creation was made out of violence, rather than love. I guess since it was before humanity, these gods were still establishing the hierarchy among themselves. Some gods, like Ea, “who excels at knowledge” sets the whole God(s) system into a different perspective and arises questions that makes the reader think. For example, if these are all gods, why are they not equally talented in every str ...more
Maan Kawas
Dec 17, 2016 Maan Kawas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book that includes both the grear Babylonian Creation myth and Atrahassis, the story about the big flood/deluge, which resembles tk a great extent the story of Noah and his ark. I enjoyed reading this book as well as reading about the early man's attempts to understand and give meanings to his existence as well as the universe and his or her place in it.
Jan 08, 2017 Ecem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Destan okumak neden bu kadar zevkli?
Edition matters, and I'm not sure this is the one I read. I knew a woman who helped translate this, and it's a good source for the Uruk version of Mesopotamian myth.

There's evidence of considerable revisionism, as the original creator goddess Tiamat is transformed into a 'monster' who is slaughtered. But there're interesting elements, such as the journey of Inanna into Hell, or the reasons given for the creation of humanity (to maintain the irrigation ditches, so the gods wouldn't have to), and
David Krohn
Sep 04, 2013 David Krohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Enuma Elish because I wanted an ancient text I could compare and contrast with Genesis 1-3. I enjoyed it both for its similarities and its differences. The common ideas of divine rest and the separation of the waters were especially interesting. Furthermore, reading Enuma Elish really made me appreciate the uniqueness of the monotheistic and anti-violent themes of Genesis. The Enuma Elish is polytheistic and violent creation story: the whole world is created out of the murder of elder ...more
Ernest Barker
Mar 22, 2013 Ernest Barker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several editions of "The Seven Tablets of Creation" Are available, they all tell the Babylon story of creation. The similarities to the creation accounts in Genesis I and II are remarkable. If you are interested in the history of the Babylonians, the Jews and Christians this is a must read. I read it as a reference to the more detailed "The Chaldean account of Genesis" by George Smith, 1876. It gives one a whole new perspective the myths that Christianity is based on.
Zach Paulson
Aug 24, 2013 Zach Paulson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating telling of the dawn of time. Filled with conquest, blood, and plotting, this myth enlightens the reader of the age-old culture of the Babylonians. The story tells the creation of the gods, a theogany, the destruction of the father and mother gods, and the installment of man to serve the gods. Overall, a violent religious view, which has many political benefits.
Joseph Crowe
Jan 21, 2015 Joseph Crowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recs
If you're familiar with the Bible, read the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian epic of creation. This is where the Hebrews got most of their mythology- from the importance of the seventh day to Yahweh's triumph over the Great Beast in Isaiah. The Enuma Elish is a must read for those interested in the origin of much of the Biblical tradition.
Metin Yılmaz
Jul 27, 2016 Metin Yılmaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 21, 2012 Sammi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-school
Marduk has lots of names, and while I enjoyed the beginning, the fact that the last two scrolls were nothing but names kind of turned me off. It was certainly an interesting creation myth, though.
Nov 28, 2011 Dougald rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Second time through, still find it a little difficult to read. It is a creation story and one that makes the Bible's creation story seam more believable.
michael k tyrell jr
Old book

Old book

l like the mythology.
however, I would rather the story to be complete. I am glad the original text is available for public reading.
Interesante... saber lo que los babilonios creían acerca de la creación. Es muy cortito y entretenido.
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Leonard William King, M.A., F.S.A. (8 December 1869–20 August 1919) was an English archaeologist and Assyriologist educated at Rugby School and King's College in Cambridge. He collected stone inscriptions widely in the Near East, taught Assyrian and Babylonian archaeology at King's College for a number of years, and published a large number of works on these subjects. He is also known for his tran ...more
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