Is the creation account history or myth?
There are those who argue that Moses used the creation myths of the Babylonian and Sumerian accounts. The problem with that argument is that there are very notable differences between those accounts and that of Genesis. In the myths, there are two gods who fight each other and the one cuts the other in half and from that body came the earth, from his eyes came the Tigris and Euphrates river etc. There is another myth where a woman god was cut in half, therefore, we have mother earth. The Genesis account is far superior in that there is one supreme God who created all things out from Himself (Colossians 1:15-17). Again, archeology confirms the biblical account as a discovery of a library with over 17,000 clay tablets at Ebla which predates the Babylonian account by 600 years, is nearly identical to the Genesis account. This confirms that the record of Genesis was originally written by Adam and then passed on to the next generation, who then added their accounts and passed it on to the next generation etc., all under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The other myths are simply human embellishments to distract from the truth.
It is nice to have other historical documents such as those clay tablets, but not necessary, as there is plenty of evidence to prove that the Bible is the true Word of God and is to be obeyed.
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