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Flood Stories of the Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Christian Bible

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The Flood Stories of Gilgamesh and the Bible

The amazing stories of the great flood that are described in The Epic of Gilgamesh which is translated by N.K. Sandars and “The Story of the Flood” which is the King James version, both stories similarly. Many of the events of each story are very similar in ways and very different in some of them. From reading both stories I concluded that there was a huge flood that took place in that area of the world. Even though the way both stories describe the flood; The Epic of Gilgamesh is more imaginable. I say that because it is more realistic to have rain for six days, six nights than for forty days, forty nights. Both flood stories have a major similarity and difference though. Both stories described the same flood but they did it in different ways.

One difference that backs it up is in The Epic of Gilgamesh the rains that cause the floods only last six days, six nights and in “The Flood Story in Genesis” the rains last forty days, forty nights. A quote that tells about the flood is when Utnapishtim said, “For six days and six nights the wind blew, torrent and tempest and flood overwhelmed the world, tempest and flood raged together like warring hosts (pg. 25).” This quote by Utnapishtim describes how bad the weather, rains, and wind were during the six days and six nights of the storm. On the other hand in “The Story of the Flood” it rained for forty days, forty nights. While God was talking to Noah he said, “For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth (pg. 48 line 4).” This quote describes how long God will have the rain go for. It also says that he is doing it to destroy all of mankind.

After reading the two stories I concluded that forty days and forty nights was too long for it to rain without stopping; that is why the flood in Gilgamesh is more realistic. The length of the rains in the flood story in The Epic of Gilgamesh is easier for someone to believe than the length of the rains in Genesis. Even though the stories were different there was many similarities in the stories.

In this essay, the author

  • Compares the epic of gilgamesh and the story of the flood. both stories describe the same flood but in different ways.
  • Compares the rains that cause the floods in the epic of gilgamesh and "the flood story in genesis." utnapishtim describes how bad the weather, rain, and wind were during the six days and six nights of the storm.
  • Concludes that the flood in gilgamesh is more realistic than the length of the rains in genesis. even though the stories were different, there were similarities.
  • Analyzes how utnapishtim's arc landed on mount nisir, the only place above the floodwaters that he could see.
  • Compares noah's landing on mount ararat and "the story of the flood" to prove that the flood was probably real and not just a story to tell children so they would be scared to cause chaos.
  • Analyzes how enlil and the other gods were mad about how the people were taking too much control and that is why they sent the flood.
  • Explains that god told noah to build an arc because he was going to have a flood fueled by forty days and forty nights of rain.
  • Concludes that the flood stories in gilgamesh and genesis are the same in ways and different in some. they relate to the world and people today because people look to them for religious reasons.
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