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What is the origin of the idea that a deity created the world?

Many attribute the creationist concept for the world's origin to the Jewish text scribed by Moses, The Book of Genesis, but what was Moses source for this story? Are there other stories about the beginning of the world that predate the Old Testament account? Please provide references and not just speculation.

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  • Nov 2 2012: "Are there other stories about the beginning of the world that predate the Old Testament account?"

    Yes, ancient Egyptian, Sumerian and Hindu creation myths are older and do involve gods. People who say it all started with Moses are clearly not experts because every undergraduate archaelogy or history student would know about those older myths I listed above.
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      Nov 2 2012: The Hindu stories, there are several creation tales in the Veda tradition, are indeed wondrous in their ambiguity. One tale concludes with the following verse.

      “Who really knows? Who here proclaim it? Whence was it produced? The gods came afterwards. Who then knows whence it has a reason. Perhaps it formed itself or perhaps it did not. The One who looks down upon it in highest heaven, only he knows, or perhaps he does not know?”

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