Comparing The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Genesis

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Many people may know the story of Noah and the flood; featured in the biblical story, Genesis. But not many know there is a very similar story of a great flood in the ancient mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh. In fact these stories are so similar, they have lead many people to believe that the event of a great flood actually occurred in history.

One major similarity between the two dictations is the flood survivor and their general quest. In both stories the survivor is chosen by the gods or God, to survive the great flood. In Genesis this was Noah, in Gilgamesh this was Utnapishtim. Both characters were given very similar instructions to build a large ship, or Ark, and fill it with two of every known animal. Even after the flood, their
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