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In The Beggining...

            "Where did man come from? Where did time begin? Who, or what, created.
             all things?" These are questions that mankind has sought to answer from the.
             beginning of existence as it is known today. Many stories and fables have been.
             told and passed down from generation to generation, yet two have survived the.
             test of time and criticism. The Biblical account in Genesis, probably written.
             by Moses around 1500 B.C., and the story of creation and flood in Ovid's.
             Metamorphosis, written somewhere between 8 and 17 A.D., have weathered the.
             criticism and become the most famous. The Genesis account, however, may be the.
             most prominent of the two accounts. Within these accounts, are many.
             similarities, as well as differences, which make these two writings well.
             respected, while holding their own in the literary world.
             Though both accounts of the creation and flood are well respected on.
             their own, when compared side to side, they are drastically different. Ovid's.
             purpose for writing the creation story is geared more towards explaining.
             creation as it happens, in his opinion, whereas the Bible stresses the fact that.
             the God of the Hebrews is responsible for the world's existence today. Overall,.
             Ovid is very detailed in explaining the formless mass, creation of the earth,.
             waters and land metaphorically. The Biblical account seems to be more plain,.
             simple, and organized; not spending time on intricate detail. There seems to be.
             no specific time frame for creation in Ovid's writing, whereas, the Bible states.
             that it takes God six days to complete His creation; resting on the seventh. In.
             Metamorphoses, the creation story is seven stanzas, a compilation of eighty.
             lines. It takes Moses thirty- one verses of Old Testament history to complete.
             his story of creation.
             There are a few discrepancies in detail as well. The water, in Ovid's,.
             "[holds] up, [holds] in the land," while, in Genesis, the land "[separates] the.
             waters from the waters" (549; 1:9).

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