A comparison of the story of the flood from the genesis and from the epic of gilgamesh

Certified Educator Similarities between the biblical account of the flood and the flood of Gilgamesh: There are other similarities between the Gilgamesh flood account and the biblical flood account.

There are many similarities between the Gilgamesh flood account and the biblical flood account Genesis 6—8beginning most importantly with God choosing a righteous man to build an ark because of an impending great flood.

Specific measurements of the ark are also given to him directly by Yahweh, the living God. The ark landed on a mountain in the Middle East. Excerpt from the Epic of Gilgamesh as translated by N.

The ark was built and loaded with the hero, a few other humans, and samples from all species of other land animals. Their texts are obviously linked in some way. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the council of gods decides to exterminate all life on earth because of how noisy and crowded the earth had grown.

The hero sent out birds at regular intervals to find if any dry land was in the vicinity. That city grew old and the gods that were in it were old. Wall, O wall, hearken reed-house, wall reflect; O man of Shurrupak, son of Ubara-Tutu; tear down your house and build a boat, abandon possessions and look for life, despise worldly goods and save your soul alive.

Here is a more extensive listing of the similarities and differences: The third bird apparently found dry land because it did not return. One of the gods or God ordered the hero to build a multi-story wooden ark called a chest or box in the original Hebrew.

Similarities between the biblical account of the flood and the flood of Gilgamesh: The Epic of Gilgamesh is believed to contain accounts which have been altered and embellished over the years by people not following the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is attributed to the importance of Jewish oral tradition and the possibility that some of the story was recorded by Noah or from his time, which would make the Hebrew account precede the Babylonian version.

In both the Genesis and Gilgamesh stories: He convinced the other gods to completely exterminate every person on Earth as well as land animals and birds with a great flood.

In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim is similarly instructed to build a boat, by one of the gods, Ea. The first two birds returned to the ark. In both accounts, samples from all species of animals were to be on the ark, and birds were used after the rains to determine if flood waters had subsided anywhere to reveal dry land.

The Genesis story describes how mankind had become obnoxious to God; they were hopelessly sinful and wicked. Although the complete Epic of Gilgamesh was discovered in the mid-nineteenth century, much earlier segments before the writing of Genesis have been discovered and dated. Comparing the stories The Chaldean Flood Tablets from the city of Ur in what is now Southern Iraq contain a story that describes how the Bablylonian god Enlil had been bothered by the incessant noise generated by humans.

These Chaldean tablets, from the city of Ur modern-day southern Iraqdescribe how the Babylonian God Ea decided to end all life except for the ark dwellers with a great flood. Noah sends out a raven, then a dove, to test whether the floodwaters have receded enough to show land.

The ark would be sealed with pitch.In the Epic, the gods create Enkidu, who runs wild with the animals in the open country, as a companion for Gilgamesh. There are particularly interesting similarities between the Garden of Eden story in Genesis and the story of Enkidu’s movement from nature to culture and civilization.

A comparison of ethics “A comparative study of the flood accounts in the Gilgamesh Epic and Genesis,” chapter 3. by Nozomi Osanai. Index.

Introduction; Chapter 1.

The Flood of Noah and the Flood of Gilgamesh

What are the differences between the flood of the Book of Genesis and the flood of the epic of Gilgamesh? What are the interesting similarities between the epic of Gilgamesh and the book of Genesis?

Why did the great flood take place in the story of Gilgamesh? There are other similarities between the Gilgamesh flood account and the biblical flood account. One major point of clear agreement is that a global flooding disaster occurred in ancient times.

Portions of the Gilgamesh account (Chaldean Flood Tablets) have been found dating back to BC or earlier. Flood Stories in Epic of Gilgamesh and the Genesis Flood of the Christian Bible - Comparison of the Flood Stories in Gilgamesh and the Bible The two stories closely parallel each other, though Gilgamesh was written down before BCE and the version in Genesis was compiled ca.

BCE. The flood of Gilgamesh was written before B.C, while the Genesis story was written in BC Which was much later then the Gilgamesh flood. Biblical writers probably knew of the much older flood but revised it so that it .

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