Creation myths in the ancient near East

Course Dates: 25/01/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

Come and explore with us the idea of ‘myth’. We will look at creation myths in Ugarit, in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

Description

What is the course about?

The course will explore the idea of ‘myth’, taking into consideration contemporary research on ‘myth’ and ‘myth-making’. The day will be divided up into a number of sections: creation myths in Ugarit, in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. We will critically read the relevant primary texts, and ask ourselves a number of questions: when were these myths written, what were their original audience, and most importantly what function did they perform? A historic-socio-political and theological approach will be taken to fruitfully explore the multiplicity of myths in the ancient world.

What will we cover?

- Creation myths in Ugarit (Baal’s battle with Yam)
- Creation myths in ancient Egypt (Pyramid Texts, Hermopolis, Heliopolis, Memphis, and Thebes)
- Creation myths in Ancient Mesopotamia (Atrahasis; Enuma Elish)
- Creation myths in ancient Greece (Plato’s Timeus)
- Creation in the Old Testament (Genesis 1-3; Job 38-42; Psalms 74, 104).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the concept of creation myth in the ancient near Eastern world.
- Understand the worldview of each of the ancient near Eastern societies under consideration.
- Appreciate the diversity of ideas behind creation myths and their varied functions.
- Appreciate the socio-political background behind the formation of creation myths.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to anyone with an interest in the topic; an open mind is the only requirement.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

? The course will be taught through seminar, group work, discussion and PowerPoint.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. Bring pen and paper if you wish to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any other classical literature and language course.

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This is an interesting course which looks at the core myths in this time and place. It also helps us understand how we create our own myths - and how myths can help us understand other civilisations, our own society and how people use myths to make sense of a complicated world of creation, death, sex and nature.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/01/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Ann Jeffers

Dr Ann Jeffers taught Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism) at Trinity College Dublin and Heythrop College, University of London for 30 years. She is now Research Fellow at Roehampton University. Her research interests, and publications are in the field of magic and divination in the Bible and the ancient world, feminism and reception history of the Bible mostly in literature and the visual arts. She also belongs to an interdisciplinary research group, ‘Media and Religion’.

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Course Code: RC518

Sat, day, 25 Jan - 25 Jan '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £36.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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