In a recent post I have emphasized the importance of the Mesopotamian “combat myth” as a piece in the apocalyptic puzzle. Tyler has the first of a series on Origins and Creation in Ancient Mesopotamia. He does a great job of outlining the nature of our sources and of mythology in part 1. He promises part 2 on Babylonian notions of creation which will, no doubt, deal with the writing known as the Enuma elish (“When on high…”). In that document, Marduk’s combat with, and slaying of, Tiamat (chaotic Sea-Water personified) and her allies is central to creation. This has parallels in some Psalms’ notion of Yahweh creating through the defeat of Leviathan or Rahab. So Tyler’s forthcoming post is likely to deal with the combat myth in some way. Keep an eye on that.