Gilgamesh Vs “Genesis”: Noah And The Flood

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“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. Some events from Genesis that God promised are happening in everyday life. The Epic of Gilgamesh discusses the story of how Gilgamesh and Enkidu became friends, going against what the Gods wanted, and then how Gilgamesh dealt with the death of his new friend. The stories are very much the same, but when comparing the details within the story it unfolds to be very different.

Even though The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis: Noah and The Flood have similar details they both differ dramatically, because of the religious aspects, their different views of destroying mankind , and the importance of the arc.
The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis are two different texts from different time periods. “The Epic of Gilgamesh was written before 2000 B.C.” (The Epic of Gilgamesh) and “Genesis was written in 1445 B.C. which was much later than the Gilgamesh flood” (GTY). The question many people ask is whether the Epic of Gilgamesh really occurred or if Genesis: Noah and the Flood were plagiarized from Gilgamesh. Being that Gilgamesh happened earlier in history it would seem that Genesis might have plagiarized the story, but certain quotes from Genesis 6:7 where the story of the flood starts proves that myth wrong. In Genesis God mentioned his promise to Noah which was to never end the world with a flood again. If someone is a Christian they would know only one God which is Jesus Christ who died on the cross for their sins. Since Christians only practice one religion they are only aware about one flood which was Noah’s Ark. How is it possible that in the Epic of Gilgamesh there was also a flood, but it wasn’t created by God? Is this story really a myth? Sure many people have their different beliefs and different Gods, but if it is recorded that there was only one flood to end the Earth; that means the Epic of Gilgamesh is the same as Noah and the Ark, or it never occurred. Since there is only one flood recorded the Epic of Gilgamesh couldn’t have come after Genesis either.

Why exactly did the Gods destroy Earth? According to the text the reason behind destroying the Earth gets very deep. Many wonder if the flood in both stories were necessary. With so many debates going on between the two one would think that both floods was...

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