The well known tale of Adam and Eve has similarities with the epic. God creates Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He allows them to live happily and do as they please. God’s one rule for them is that they are not allowed to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Then, a snake approaches Eve and tempts her to eat the fruit. Eve hands the fruit to Adam and he eats it.
The Bible states, “But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate,”(English Standard Gen. 4:7). God finds out shortly after and punishes all three of them.
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More research and focus should be dedicated to finding connections between The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible since these similarities shed new light onto parts of Judaism and Christianity. Morals surrounding the power of God and his children in the Bible could have been derived from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Details from ancient mesopotamian mythology influenced the writers of the Bible, and every little detail of the latter has affected the modern world.
Coogan, Michael David, et al. The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised
Standard Version : with the Apocrypha : an Ecumenical Study Bible. Oxford
[England]: Oxford UP, 2010. Print.
Foster, Benjamin R., Douglas Frayne, and Gary M. Beckman. The Epic of Gilgamesh:
A New Translation, Analogues, Criticism. New York: Norton, 2001. Print.
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