Gilgamesh VS “Genesis”: Noah and the Flood

1121 WordsJun 23, 20185 Pages
“Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time- Richard Dawkins”. We all know the breath taking story of the Genesis flood, but have we ever noticed how similar it is to the Epic of Gilgamesh. Genesis is the story of how one God created mankind, along with everything else on Earth, and what punishments he put upon them when they acted wrong .Genesis is a chapter in the Holy Bible, which was written in the 18th century B.C. by Moses. Genesis is a Hebrew story about the creation of life and how God once destroyed it and Earth. The main characters were Adam, Eve, and the serpent. Each of them was provided a task from God, but disobeyed him and was punished forever.…show more content…
Noah respected God and did every duty that was asked of him. “Noah was kindhearted and followed the rules” (Genesis 6:7). On the other hand in The Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim’s, the one Enlil called to build the arch, name means “He Who Saw Life” (The Flood of Noah). Utnapishtim was forced to carry a heavy load of guilt mainly because unlike in Genesis Noah was awarded the power to survive, and also did every task God asked of him alone. While in the Epic of Gilgamesh the gods were upset with mankind because they couldn’t get any restso they sent Utnapishtim to build an arc. He doesn’t know why Ea, another god chose him to live, but he does know that he tricked hundreds of his neighbors into laboring day and night to build the boat that would carry him and his family to safety while he abandoned them. He received a promise from the gods that from now on only individuals would be subject to death and that humankind as a whole would endure. Both stories are based on a flood and humankind being sinful, but their point views differ dramatically. God’s plan was valid and he did not regret it the action he took because he felt it was his fault and that it had to come to a stop, but the gods plan was injustice and evil. In the very prologue of the Epic of Gilgamesh, we see a reference to the number seven. Throughout Gilgamesh, as is throughout the Bible, the number seven appears continually throughout the text. The Epic of Gilgamesh is

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