The Flood Stories: The Validity Debate Continues.

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Paul AberionEnglish 303 West Lit BackgroundsProfessor Beth Haddrell10/ 20/ 03'Revision PaperThe Flood Stories: The Validity Debate ContinuesIn the Epic of Gilgamesh, it articulates how, "For six days and six nights the winds blew, torrent and tempest and flood overwhelmed the world, tempest and flood raged together like warring hosts" (Sandars 111). Alternatively, in the Old Testament, it simply states, "All the fountains of the great deep [were] broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened . . . And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased; . . . and the ark went upon the face of the waters."(Holy Bible, Genesis 7:11b, 17a, 18b). In addition, the story of the Flood in Metamorphoses elaborates on the fact that, "Neptune called his river all, and told them, very briefly, to lose their violence, open their houses [...] His trident struck the shuddering earth; it opened the way for the rush of waters" (Humphries 11). Many critics settle on the work of literature that best explains how, when and why the flood occurred.Would it be justified to classify these poetic writings in terms of accurateness or elaboration?The three works of written documentation in the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Old Testament, and Metamorphoses detail a flood story with resemblance and dissimilarity. Nevertheless, one work should not be judged by what it is lacking in information in relation to the other works of literature. For example, it is quite clear that the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Metamorphoses is a more elaborated diction of the Flood than in the Old Testament. However, lets not be overly critical towards one version of the flood story due to its lack of intricate detailing to another flood story translation! One should take all three books as contrasting forms of linguistic translations that compliment the same flood story, with minor discrepancies. The disagreement lies not in diction, the state of difference lies at the root of cultural diversity and historical background of all three works.Culturalism is defined by the shaped beliefs that are enculturated by the norms of society through political representation. The moldings of a culture involve race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language and spiritual inclination. However, the main differences in the translation of the Flood in all three books is due to the religious disproportions involved. For example, the divine nature of Gods in the Epic of Gilgamesh and Metamorphoses conflict with the monotheistic beliefs of the Hebrews, Middle Easterners and Romans.The Epic of Gilgamesh to this day is missing miniscule detailed evidence of the flood. However, the findings of the Assyrian Tablets (Babylonian writings) is still able to describe the main events of the Flood. The Flood analysis, as depicted in the Epic of Gilgamesh, originates from the Sumerian Dynastic Age. Five city states primarily functioned before the kingship were let down from the heavens to rule over...

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