undergraduate thesis
Nastanak svijeta: priče postanka u Bibliji, Kuranu, Epu o Gilgamešu, Ginnungagapu i Hesoidovoj Teogoniji

Tomislav Nedić (2015)
Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Metadata
TitleThe Origins of the World: The Story of Creation in the Bible, the Qur'an, Epic of Gilgamesh, the Ginnungagap and Hesiod's Theogony
AuthorTomislav Nedić
Mentor(s)Borislav Berić (thesis advisor)
Abstract
Creation myths are stories that try to describe the origins of the world around us and give some purpose to life and existence. Most of them describe how the world and the human being came into existence. Most of the creation myths can be grouped one way or another thanks to many common elements such myths share. Of course, there are also some differences that are sometimes a result of different purpose various texts serve. Sacred texts, such as the Bible and Qur’an praise God for the creation of the world by virtue of his omnipotence and benevolence, while other, more secular texts have somewhat more fortuitous causes of creation. These texts cannot be understood literally nor as some basis for a scientific approach to a better understanding of how the universe came to be. They have their own purpose, be it to preserve the national identity of a certain group of people, enforce laws, promote religiousness, or simply to entertain. However, one must take into account the time and place of the creation of such documents as well as the original language in which they were written, because they tend to use now obsolete phrases, puns or word play which are hard to translate efficiently into modern languages. Since most of creation myths deal with the beginning of time and space, with some of them even belonging to the oldest written sources and as such have innumerable for history. They also represent the foundations of their respective mythologies which in turn have influenced arts and literature to these days and in some way shaped the modern civilization and its worldview. Having the ambiguity of certain collocations in mind while examining such documents can help to a better understanding of the message it is trying to convey and the influence it has had on history.
Parallel title (English)Nastanak svijeta: priče postanka u Bibliji, Kuranu, Epu o Gilgamešu, Ginnungagapu i Hesoidovoj Teogoniji
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Anglistics
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeGerman Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. germ.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2015-09-21
Parallel keywords (Croatian)creation myth God the Bible the Qur’an mythology the Epic of Gilgamesh civilization the Ginnungagap the Theogony
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:694613
CommitterBernardica Plašćak