An extensive review of both creation and flood myths reveals that there is a basic core of themes in all of the extant creation and flood myths. This fact gives strong evidence of a common origin of the myths based on actual historical events. The Genesis account, however, stands in stark contrast to all the other renditions. This is in part true because we have more knowledge and understanding about this account, but also because it shows a lack of the corruption found in other creation and flood stories. The other stories are now rightly referred to as myths, because they have added mythological elements to the original history. The original historical events can be seen through the modifications and embellishments, however, which were added from generation to generation.


Creation myths, Genesis account of creation, Noah’s flood


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