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  • Flood Myth in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Biblical Flood Myth of Genesis

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    The Flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Flood of Genesis       The Biblical book, Genesis, of the Old Testament contains an account of an historic Flood which has never been equaled in intensity. Tablet 11of the Sumero-Babylonian version of the epic of Gilgamesh also records a Flood quite expansive and quite devastating. Are they a record of the same event?   E.A. Budge states in Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamesh that the narration of the Flood in Sumero-Babylonian

  • Flood Myth of the Holy Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh Flood Myth

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    The Biblical Flood and The Epic of Gilgamesh Flood      In Genesis of the Old Testament the account of the Flood approximates the account recorded on Tablet 11of the Sumero-Babylonian version of the epic of Gilgamesh, discovered in the 1800’s by British archaeologists in Assyria.   N.K. Sandars in the Introduction to his book, The Epic of Gilgamesh, sums up the involvement by the pagan gods in the Sumero-Babylonian Flood narrative:   In the Gilgamesh flood Ishtar and Enlil are

  • Comparing the Epic of Gilgamesh Flood Myth and Book of Genesis Biblical Flood Myth

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    Gilgamesh and Genesis Floods       The rendition of the historic, worldwide Flood recorded in Genesis of the Old Testament is similar to the account recorded on Tablet 11of the Sumero-Babylonian version of the epic of Gilgamesh, discovered in the 1800’s by British archaeologists in Assyria. Let us compare the two in this essay.   Alexander Heidel in his book, The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels, provides a background for the survivor of the Sumero-Babylonian Flood, Utnapishtim:

  • Flood Myths Essay examples

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    Flood Myths Myths from many different cultures seem to tell the same story. Themes from Babylonian myth can be seen in Egyptian stories; elements of Christian theology are evident in some ancient Chinese texts, and so on. How is this possible? How can cultures that have had little physical contact present us with such analogous narratives? These questions grow more perplexing when time is considered. Many of these tales are not only from separate corners of the earth, but also seem to have

  • Biblical Flood Myth of Genesis and the Flood Myth of the Epic of Gilgamesh

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    The Flood of the Bible and the Flood of Gilgamesh       The story of Noah’s Ark, as told in the old testament, tells how God punished the world because it had become corrupt. God accomplished this by flooding the world, and annihilating all the creatures upon it, except for Noah and his family and a pair of each type of creature on the earth. Each decade, more insight is gained into the origin of the flood story. Based on the information available at the present time, one could argue that the

  • Flood Myth of Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible

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    A Comparison of the Flood of Gilgamesh and the Bible People grow up listening to the story of Noah and the flood. They remember the length of the flood, the dove, and the rainbow very vividly. However, most people do not realize that the story is told throughout many different cultures and with accounts older than Genesis¹s version in the Bible. Although each of the accounts tells of the flood, there are many variations to the story. One such story can be found in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Although

  • Apocalyptic Survivors In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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    Apocalyptic Survivors Each of the sacred texts of Christianity, Greek Polytheism, Ancient Macedonian Religion, and Judaism outlines an apocalypse myth which illustrates a near end of the world, and in each myth, the gods or God select survivors. Although each religion is unique, there are some stark similarities among the myths including the methods used to attack the world and the way the survivors rescue themselves and others. Some religious texts portray one person saving people who will repopulate

  • Apocalyptic Survivors In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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    Religion and Philosophy October 2, 2017 Each of the sacred texts of Christianity, Greek Polytheism, Ancient Macedonian Religion, and Judaism outlines an apocalypse myth which illustrates a near end of the world, and in each myth, the gods or God select survivors. Although each religion is unique, there are some stark similarities among the myths including the methods used to attack the world and the way the survivors rescue themselves and others. Some religious texts portray the gods or God saving people

  • Athanasia: Human Impermanence and the Journey for Eternal Life in the Epic of Gilgamesh

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    Athanasia: Human Impermanence and the Journey for Eternal Life in the Epic of Gilgamesh “Will you too die as Enkidu did? Will grief become your food? Will we both fear the lonely hills, so vacant? I now race from place to place, dissatisfied with whereever I am and turn my step toward Utnapishtim, godchild of Ubaratutu” (Jackson “Gilgamesh Tablet IX” 4-9) Gilgamesh so much feared death that he threw away his honor as a warrior in order to obtain immortality. For centuries there have existed individuals

  • Comparing The Book Of Atrahasis And Genisis Essay

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    mains similarity in these two stories is that they both include a cataclysmic flood. Both of these stories are well known,The Flood story recounted to Gilgamesh by Utnapishtim is predominately similar to the the book of Genesis, which is the flood story that is in the Bible. On the other hand, an Akkadian epic that goes as far back as the 18th Century BCE includes a almost completely identical story that involves a major flood including a main character that goes by the name of Atrahasis. Although the

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