This project is to create a powerpoint presentation from the attached mini-lecture (class assignment) that was previously completed. Below are the instructors directions for completing the power point presentation.Choose one of your mini-lectures and create an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It should be long enough to accompany your lecture, providing content at a comfortable pace to hold the interest of your audience. The text of your mini-lecture should be divided up in the Notes section of the PowerPoint with each section related specifically to the slide content. DO NOT REWRITE YOUR MINI-LECTURE. SIMPLY DIVIDE IT UP INTO THE NOTES SECTION OF THE POWERPOINT WITH MATERIAL THAT CORRESPONDS TO THE IMAGES YOU ARE PUTTING INTO THE POWERPOINT.The PowerPoint will have:An opening slide that identifies the series and lecture titles, hypothetical date, and author (you).A total of 8-10 slides that show images, clips, or other multimedia elements to illustrate specific points of your lecture.Citations for all images on the slide or in a bibliography at the end.The text of your mini-lecture accurately divided up in the Notes section.1
Lana Cupelli
Mini-Lecture III
HUMN 351
Dr. Kennick
12/2/16
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The Biblical Creation Myth
The Biblical Creation Myth is a well known myth, even in present times, and is believed
in strongly by many followers of biblical religions. It is used to explain how the world came to
be. In this case, the legend is based on the mystical nature that the earth was created by a
superior being called God. It was a plan that this supernatural being called God created a human
being in his own image. The main purpose of the creation of man was to worship him and
become a companion to God (Mackey and James 11).
The legend starts by saying that the world was without form, desolate and that darkness
roamed all over. It was covered with water all over, and the spirit of this supernatural being
called God was roaming all over the waters. In His creation, God is seen to use word of mouth to
make his creations. He started by commanding light to appear, and it did; naming the darkness
the night and light, the day. The next day he separated the sky from the water by creating a dome
and called the one above, the sky. On the third day, God commanded the creation of all types of
plants on earth and in the sea (Batto and Bernard 17).
On the fourth day, He commanded light to appear in the sky and give light to earth. It is
at this time that the sun, moon, and stars were made. The sun was set to dominate the day while
the moon and the stars shone at night. He then commanded all types of sea creatures to appear
and fill the waters thus marking the fifth day. All the land animals were then created through the
same word of mouth. However, on the sixth day, God decided to create man with His own hands,
unlike all the other beings that he had just used word of mouth. This man was created in the
image of God, and He called him Adam, marking the beginning of humanity. On the seventh
day, God rested
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Since God had created all the animals as male and female, He saw that Adam was lonely
as he had no companion. He decided to create a woman from his left rib after making Adam fall
into a deep sleep. And the woman was named Eve (Mackey and James 11). As a result, Adam
and Eve became the first people on earth who gave birth to the rest of the humanity through
many lineages. Adam was put in the garden of Aden where everything that he wanted could be
found, giving him the dominion over all the other animals too. However, he was asked by God
not to eat from a tree that God had put in the middle of the garden. Apparently, he and his wife
disobeyed God by eating the fruit, and they were thus banished from the garden of Aden (Frye,
Northrop and Macpherson 14).
Apparently, the mythical creation legend has been told for centuries and even
documented for religious purposes. The Christians, Muslims, and even the Jews use it as a
common theory to the way the world came to be (Frye, Northrop and Macpherson 10).
However, there many other different creation theories held by various communities in a bid to
explain the origin of their people or even that of the world and its constituents, plants and
animals. The legend does have social, cultural and religious values to the societies that believe in
it (Mackey and James 11).
First of all, it is aimed at showing the Mystical and Supernatural powers that God has
over humanity and everything on earth. His powers are demonstrated by the fact that He is able
to create plants, animals, and even fish by just word of mouth. He also expresses his love for
humanity by opting to use His own hands to create them rather than using word of mouth as on
other animals. The fact that Adam and Eve disobey Gods orders, He banishes them from the
land. This teaches the moral values of obedience and the need for punishment if obedience is not
exercised (Batto and Bernard 10).
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The social and religious values learned from the legend are that God advocates for love
between all humankind and wants them to worship Him as their father. Gods plans were to have
the man as his worshiper and a close friend whom they would share their time (Mackey and
James 11). Religious themes depict God as the all mighty and most powerful in comparison to
human beings. They are seen as His subjects that He treats as special and even creates them in
His own image. A culture of praising and adoring Him is thus expected from human beings.
All in all, the creator is depicted as a God of morals who will not have any room for sin
in his domain. In the same way, a culture of keeping holy and free from sin is seen in the
Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religions so as to try and please God and thus avoid His wrath.
Other socio-cultural values learned from the legend are that God intended human beings to live
as male and female. This is because in all his creations he created a male and female among the
land and most sea animals. As a result, most cultures that fall under Muslim, Christian, and
Jewish religions do not advocate for homosexual relationships as they were never in Gods
original plan (Mackey and James 11).
Moreover, the aspect of man being in charge of the family is shown in the creation. This
is a culture that has been carried across most cultures that believes in this legend. Women also
knew their place as they came from the mans rib, they have to obey him considering that he was
also given dominion over all the animals too. From a religious perspective, God has seen as a
powerful being whose powers and deeds cannot be questioned. He has the power to do anything
for man as long as he recognizes Him, keeps away from sin and worships Him.
The story also shows the need of man to believe in something and in this case, his
creator. The creation legend goes further to show that sacrifice was something that God loved
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and expected human beings to do (Mackey and James 11). This is demonstrated by Abel and
Cain, Adams sons when they made the sacrifice to God. The same religious practice was made a
culture in most societies where a living animal is sacrificed to God for one reason or the other.
Moreover, the fact that God made animals in pairs shows the social nature of humanity and God
Himself. He teaches us to live together and share His blessings (Frye, Northrop and Macpherson
18).
Conclusion
Myths and legends are stories of divine nature believed to have been genuine and are
passed from one generation to another. The stories try explaining the various concepts such as
the existence of humanity and the way the earth was created. Apparently, this calls for
superhuman beings. Such legends have guided the way people interact. Their religious, cultural
and social life is dictated by these mythical legends. They influence the way we think, behave,
and even relate to the spiritual world. The mythical creation legend is still the root of various
cultural, religious and social practices and norms today (Batto and Bernard 16).
Work Cited
Frye, Northrop, and Jay Macpherson. Biblical and Classical Myths: The Mythological
Framework of Western Culture. U of Toronto P, 2004.
Batto, Bernard F. In the Beginning: Essays on Creation Motifs in the Ancient Near East and
the Bible. 2013,
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Mackey, James P. Christianity, and Creation: The Essence of the Christian Faith and Its
Future Among Religions : a Systematic Theology. Continuum, 2006,

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