‘The ten plagues made Yahweh evident among the Israelites and also to the stubborn Pharaoh and his Egyptian subjects. The plagues also demonstrated Yahweh powered and how much trouble he went through to free them. The first plague turned the Nile into blood. Doing this all the fish died from the blood, and the river started to stink. The Egyptian would loathe drinking from the river.
The Flood in The Epic of Gilgamish and The Bible The story of the great flood is probably the most popular story that has survived for thousands of years and is still being retold today. It is most commonly related within the context of Judeo-Christian tradition. In the Holy Bible, the book of Genesis uses the flood as a symbol of God's wrath as well as His hope that the human race can maintain peace and achieve everlasting salvation. The tale of Noah's Ark begins with God's expression of dismay as to the degenerate state of the human race at the time. People were behaving wickedly and sinfully and God decided that a genetic cleansing was necessary.
Then there are lines about the man, animals and plants in reference to how they were created. After a gap in the text, the gods lowered kingship and found five cities. Now comes another long break in which it is believed that the gods decided to send the flood and destroy all of mankind. Some of the gods were not happy with this decision. Now Ziusudra, a god-fearing king, hears a deity telling him that the gods have decided to send a flood.
The roles of Noah and Utnapishtim in the Flood Myths are quite similar. There are several differences regarding the two flood myths, but the general idea behind the two remains consistent. In the Mesopotamian Flood Myth, the Gods were overwhelmed by the amount of humans that existed on Earth and were unable to sleep due to the noise of men. So they decided to "exterminate mankind." While in the Hebrew story of Noah and the Flood Myth, God grew tired of the evil that had plagued mankind and engulfed the earth.
As God releases plagues upon Egypt because of Pharaoh’s refusal to let God’s people go, the plagues source of origin... ... middle of paper ... ... promised to make a great nation of, can satiate their thirst (Exodus 21:18-19). To continue Abraham’s promised lineage through his son Isaac, God reveals Isaac’s intended to Abraham’s servant at the well of Nahor (Exodus 24:10-20). Essential to the carrying out of numerous promises, the presence or lack of water is required to seal the pledges made by God. In conclusion, the role of water plays an amazingly complex and vital role in the lives of the Israelite people within the first two books of the Old Testament. Serving a two fold purpose, God manipulates water to terminate life or to prolong it, to avert disaster or to inflict it.
Throughout history myths play an important role in shaping cultures and civilizations. Since they’re meant to guide people morally it is not uncommon to find myths from different cultures with the same plots and lessons. The Epic of Gilgamesh, “Noah and the Flood”, “Deucalion”, and “Tata and Nena” all account of a great flood brought on by a God or gods. All four myths are similar in the sense that they describe a supreme being destroying life because of humanity wickedness and how a few commendable human beings repopulate the Earth giving birth to a new era; while the myths are remarkably similar they’re also very different. “Noah and the Flood” depicts “the Lord” creating a new generation because of his actions.
The supreme beings chose to destroy the earth by flood. In the Epic of Gilgamesh the gods influenced by Enlil their counselor make the decision to destroy the earth “The uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reason of the Babel. So the gods agreed to exterminate mankind.” (Norton35). In the Hebrew scriptures the same conclusion was made by God that the earth was evil and would need to be destroyed “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” (Norton60). In both works the gods or God seem to have the same attitude and feelings after the flood.
Two Great Floods In both the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh the God or Gods create a flood to destroy mankind. In Gilgamesh,the Gods decide something needs to be done because the humans are being loud and disturbing the Gods. In the Bible's version of the flood story, God regrets creating mankind because the humans have become evil God chooses Noah and his family to start a new beginning. In the Bible God becomes regretful of creating mankind because he sees that they are wicked and they only have evil thoughts. The Lord decides, he "will destroy human beings I made on earth.
The difference pertaining to this, is the reason the flood was sent. Noah’s story rules that the flood was sent because the earth had become corrupt and filled with violence, (Genisis, 6). The only way to destroy this violence was to drown everyone but the chosen few. These chosen few were hand-picked by God as good people to start a new, more wholesome and obedient civilization. Gilgamesh’s story says the reason for the flood was the volume the people created.
Jesus was Gods way of trying again since Adam didn’t work out. Adam brought sin death into the world. Jesus brought eternal life and took away sin from the world 2. Writer Kevin Williams believes that Jesus was a reincarnation of Adam to make good of the evil that he created through his sin 6. I also believe that Jesus was created to right Adam sins.