The Epic of Gilgamesh vs the Genesis

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The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Genesis are two different texts from different time periods. The stories that are going to be discussed are the Genesis and Gilgamesh flood stories. They have few similarities but their stories continue along the same line, although they are different in regard to detail. This essay will examine the reasons of the flood, the role of the two main characters, the religious characters and other noticeable difference of these texts.
The reason of the flood of the in The Epic of Gilgamesh is that the gods are extremely angry because they could not sleep. "The uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reasons of the babel" (35). The god’s vindication of destroying mankind seems highly
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Though the Flood brought complete destruction to all life on earth, it was a new beginning for both humanity and animal life. Noah and his family had the perfect opportunity to re-establish righteousness on earth by living according to God's word and standards. Noah was the only one that was righteous and ideal. Because Noah is such a respectable man, God decides to establish his covenant of righteousness and goodly deeds with him and his family so that he can perform and preach the will of God. Noah made a sacrifice, he built an altar unto the lord and took every clean beast and every clean fowl, and offered burnt offering on the altar and this offering made God extremely happy. This offering is an excellent example of how good of a man Noah is and is one of the reasons why God choose him. In addition, Noah was very obedient man, God tells him to “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without pitch.”(60) He did what God told him to, without questions because he believes and trusts in God. Noah is a strong example of what God wants his followers to be when they establish this new nation and covenant.
There is no reason why Utnapishtim was saved from the wrath of the gods. Utnapishtim was chosen because of his relationship to the God Ea. Equally if not more important, however, is the
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