In the Beginning

  • Arie S. IssarEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


The people of the ancient Middle East took for granted that before creation chaos and darkness ruled. Their story of creation is thus the story of putting order in the dimensions of space and time. As light was a condition for life it was first on the agenda, followed by further steps from putting order to the bodies of water, creating vegetation to ensure food for the world of life. Once observers were created, also the day and night came under order. Life commenced in the hydrosphere and atmosphere followed by the creation of life on land and Homo sapiens was the last to appear on the sixth day enabling the creator to rest on Sabbath.


Ancient Middle East Creative Chaos Lunar Cult Place Answers Separate Outlets 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Sede-Boqer CampusBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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