Comparing Norse Cosmogony And The Book Of Genesis

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How did the universe and all things therein come into being? This is an age old question for which humans, across every continent and since the beginning of time immemorial, have been grasping to answer. Most cultures throughout history have their own distinct version of the events of creation. Norse cosmogony and the book of Genesis in the Bible are two such stories. Though these two tales come from very different locations and races of people, and though they have many differences, they do still share a range of similarities. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” the Bible reads (King James Version, Gen. 1.1). God existed before this, but solely as a spiritual being. This much is in common with Norse myths in which there is a god, they name the Allfather, who existed in an infinite space called Ginnungagap (Grant 43). In both stories, time and the physical world were naught but a…show more content…
Odin gave them spirit and life, Vili gave them movement and intelligence, and Ve gave them their senses (Grant 45). They named the man Ask, and the woman Embla. The Biblical creation of the first humans is in contrast with Norse myth in that there is only one creator, and both man and woman are not made at the same time. The book of Genesis says, “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul,” (Gen. 2.7). God later creates the first woman from a rib taken from Adam, the first man (Gen. 2.21-23). Norse myths mention little more about the first two humans, other than saying that all humans are descended from them (Daly 5). All humans descending from a single couple is also the case with the first two people in Genesis, evidenced by it stating, “Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living,” (Gen.

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