Thursday 25 May 2006

Hermann Gunkel: creation and chaos

The ever-watchful Jim West informs us that Hermann Gunkel’s great work, Schöpfung und Chaos (1895), will soon be released by Eerdmans in a full English translation. If necessary, you might want to sell a dozen of your other books about creation-theology and buy this one.

From the publisher’s blurb: “Discovering a number of parallels between the biblical creation accounts and a Babylonian creation account, the Enuma Elish, Gunkel argues that ancient Babylonian traditions shaped the Hebrew people’s perceptions both of God’s creative activity at the beginning of time and of God’s re-creative activity at the end of time.”

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