The discovery of the “Epic of Gilgamesh” was in the mid-nineteenth century among the ancient library of Nineveh (Frazer 242). It was discovered on twelve tables called Chaldean Flood Tablets. Inscribed on the tablets recites a poem that was written in an ancient Sumerian language. The original Gilgamesh tablets date to about 650 B.C.E. However, there are newer tablets that date as far back to 2,000 B.C.E. According to the Institute for Creation Research, linguistics of the Epic of Gilgamesh could possibly date back as far as the third millennium B.C.E as oral tradition (Lorey). The Gilgamesh epic is also the most intact version of any of the Babylonian flood stories with 205 lines missing (Lorey). Since the Gilgamesh epic is the most intact, it is also the most studied narrative of any ancient Babylonian flood account.
According to scholars the Epic of Gilgamesh depicts the story of an oppressive ki...
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...at was originally form the Babylonian literature (Frazer 258).
Overall, the fundaments aspects of the two narratives are the only thing comparable, and as for the idea that one narrative was derived out the other is complete speculation with no solid evidence. Each flood narrative has a distinct and different meaning and they handle different moral and ethical issues. “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is seen as mythology and fiction story. In the Babylonian flood the gods are angry and are self-centered. They feel that since they are gods, it gave them the right to dismiss all life that was created. While the biblical account of Noah is viewed as a religious basis for human morals. That demonstrates God’s power and love for humanity, even though man’s heart is wicked and corrupt. He saw the good in humanity. After all, Yahweh created man in is image (Genesis 1:27).
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