The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Hebrew Bible Essay

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Berneisha Jones
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The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Hebrew Bible
Introduction
The oldest poem known to mankind is The Epic of Gilgamesh. It even accelerates the Bible. It was carved onto twelve tablets and turned out to be one of the most beautiful poems of all time. There are several stories that Gilgamesh and the Bible share. There’s one that is especially interesting due to its recounting in many different cultures. They both have an account of a flood wiping almost all of creation away, the stories are different in meaning but have similar plot lines. There have been numerous flood stories identified from ancient sources scattered around the world. But the stories that were discovered on cuneiform tablets, which comprise some of the earliest surviving writing, have obvious similarities. (Puchner)
The Flood
The Genesis story describes how mankind became obnoxious to God; they were hopelessly sinful and wicked. In the Babylonian story, they were too numerous and noisy. The gods decided to send a worldwide flood. This would drown all men, women, children, babies and infants, as well as eliminate all of the land animals and birds. God knew of one righteous man, Ut-Napishtim or Noah. One of the gods ordered the hero to build a multi-story wooden ark (called a chest or box in the original Hebrew). The ark would be sealed with pitch. The ark would have many internal compartment. It would have a single door. It would have at least one window. The ark was built and…

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