Similarities Between The Holy Bible And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The Holy Bible and The Epic of Gilgamesh are books containing stories from archaic times. There are many similarities between the Holy bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh. The story of the flood in the Holy Bible Genesis (chapters 6–9) and the flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh (Tablet XI) is one that is alike the most with a few noted differences. Gilgamesh of the epic of Gilgamesh is like Jesus and Noah and are believed to have been an actual people in history. In the Epic of Gilgamesh when Gilgamesh meets Utnapishtim the flood story begins. Utnapishtim and Noah from the bible maybe considered the same character. Utnapishtim had a dream about the flood and God (Yahweh) had commanded Noah directly. Both Utnapishtim and Noah were to build a ship …show more content…
In the bible, the flood was for 40 days and 40 nights. In the epic of Gilgamesh, the flood lasted 6 days and nights. Another difference between Utnapishtim and Noah is that Utnapishtim became immortal after obeying the commands of the Gods as far as building the sip or ark. The reason for both floods was the behavior of the people, their sins, and wickedness. The flood in the epic of Gilgamesh was to destroy all of humankind because the Gods were annoyed. Utnapishtim and Noah both released birds to find land after the storm was over. The biblical version a dove came back with an olive leaf letting Noah know there was land. The ark landed on Mt. Ararat located in today’s Turkey and the ship in the epic landed on Mt. Nisir located in todays Iraqi. In both stories, the flood was never to be repeated. In the biblical version, God sent a bow in the clouds as a sign of covenant between God and Noah and every living creature. In the bible, the flood story was about God destroying his creation and recreating it because of the wickedness that had overcome humanity. In the epic of Gilgamesh Utnapishtim and his wife were granted immorality and that is what Gilgamesh was …show more content…
When Gilgamesh was leaving Utnapishtim and his wife, offer Gilgamesh a gift. Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh of a plant “the plant of heartbeat” that was in the ocean. The plant is supposed to make people young again so Gilgamesh would become immortal. A serpent silently stole the plant while Gilgamesh was bathing. Gilgamesh sees the serpent shed its skin, which made the story of becoming young again seem true. Gilgamesh lost his last chance to have immortality. Which brings full circle to Biblical God’s second story of creation in Genesis 2. God created Adam from dust of the ground, made a garden. God commanded that Adam “may eat freely of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die” Genesis 2:15. Then God made all the animals of the fields and sky. Finally, God created Eve, a woman from the rib of Adam. The woman meets a crafty serpent, the serpent questions Eve about what God commanded. The serpent tells the woman that she will not die if she eats from the forbidden tree, and that God just did not want Adam and Eve to be like God. Eve took a fruit from the tree, ate, and gave some to her husband Adam. Immediately they became aware of things they were to innocent to know about prior to eating the fruit. They hid from God because they knew

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