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“In the Beginning…” Origins of the Creation Story

Season 1: Episode 11
“In the Beginning…” Origins of the Creation Story
Date Aired: 01/02/2023

The book of Genesis is packed with iconic stories: the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark…but where did those ancient tales come from? Yale Assyriologist Eckart Frahm joins Helen and Dave as they set the time machine all the way back to the “Beginning” to explore the intriguing connections between ancient Mesopotamian myth and the “Primeval History” recorded in Genesis. Did ancient Israel borrow some of its origin stories from Babylon? Hear the evidence and decide for yourself.

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.