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Similarities Between Gilgamesh And Noah

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The Epic of Gilgamesh and Noah and the Ark are two very famous stories that contain a variety of similarities and differences. The story of Gilgamesh, dating back to the third millennium B.C.E., tells the story of the hero, Gilgamesh, trying to find a way to become immortal after the death of his friend, Enkidu. He confides in and listens to the story of Utnapishtim, a former mortal whom the gods granted eternal life to after he was chosen to survive the wrath that was brought down upon mankind. The story of Noah, which dates back to around 2349 B.C.E.-2348 B.C.E., tells the story of a man named Noah who was spared by God after He also exterminated mankind. There are many comparisons for these stories, including the floods used for human punishment, the release of birds once the flood ended, and the underlying fact that both protagonists, Utnapishtim and Noah, were righteous heroes. However, these stories do contain differences, such as the dates of when the stories took place, the length of both the floods, and the landing location of their boats. One of the main similarities between The Epic of Gilgamesh and Noah and the Ark was the floods used for human punishment. In the story of Gilgamesh, the god Enil heard the clamor of humans and was aroused by the noise, becoming frustrated with mankind since he was not able to sleep. He went to the gods in council to beg his case, which led to everyone coming in agreement to exterminating mankind using a flood. The god Ea warned
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