Noah And The Ark : The Epic Of Gilgamesh Essay

1857 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
The creation story, along with many other stories of the bible are not clear black and white of what can be considered right and wrong. This grey area is not only present in the story of Noah and the ark but also in other accounts such as, the Epic of Gilgamesh. Many scholars hold a belief that the story of Noah found in Genesis 6-9 and the Epic of Gilgamesh found in Israelite literature are accounts that have significant parallels. In the beginning of each story, the one deity or the gods felt that the world they had created had become corrupt and unjust allowing for them to feel as if they needed to end mankind. In Genesis 6-9, God notices the righteousness of Noah, allowing for him and his three sons to be spared from what he had planned (Gen. 6:9-22). In this version of the flood story, God actually calls upon Noah to give him directions as to what to bring upon the boat that will inevitably save his life. Ironically, in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the gods see Ut-napishtim as a righteous man but they don’t directly speak to him. The gods meet in council and discuss what they plan to do to mankind, because they are in council they are under oath and cannot speak to the humans of what will occur. To avoid breaking the sworn oath, Ea, the god of wisdom, speaks loudly to a reed hut and brick wall for he knows that Ut-napishtim will over hear (Sanders, 20). This is the first contrast we see between the stories, but it also shows how the stories echo in the manner that two men…

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