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. Be...

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...esh travels. Gilgamesh grows and changes, and is confronted by his desire to gain immortality, which satisfies the moral and significance of the epic. One is also known as a myth while the other is believed to be plagiarized. However, it hasn’t been proven but true Christians will believe in Genesis and others will continue to debate whether the Epic of Gilgamesh happened or not.

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