The Epic Of Gilgamesh: The Story Of Enuma Elish

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The story of Enuma Elish is inscribed on seven cuneiform tablets, recovered by a collector named AH Layard in Iraq (Matthews and Benjamin). This story has some parallel tales told in the Old Testament, such as Genesis, Exodus and the Psalms. This story presents the father and mother, Apsu and Tiamat, who represent saltwater and freshwater who were present before the creation of the universe. This story provides a description of a series of gods that were created: “When on high ... No heaven HAD Been named, called earth No, not Annunaki ... There was nothing ... nothing but Old Father Apsu and Mummu-Tiamat, Mother of All Living" (Matthews and Benjamin). The wisdom acquired from the Gods has a similar theme as presented in the book of Genesis. …show more content…
This epic is written on a cuneiform clay tablet. Gilgamesh was a king described as one third human and two thirds divinity (Sandars). He began an adventure in search of immortality after his friend Enkidu died (Sandars). Gilgamesh traveled to Dilmun to speak to the immortal Utnapishtim (Matthews and Benjamin). Utnapishtim was the person who survived the great flood. This great flood presented in Gilgamesh was written long before it was written in the Bible. It contains parallels with the Flood story of Noah and his family described in Genesis 7. When Gilgamesh met Utnapishtim, they talked about the flood describing the purpose of the gods to exterminate every living thing (Sandars). The God Ea went to visit Utnapishtim and left him a message about the plan Enlil and other leaders had (Matthews and Benjamin). Utnapishtim message includes the directions for preparing the ark: The ground-space was one acre, each side of the desk one hundred and twenty Measured cubits, making a square. I built six desks below, seven in all, I divided them into nine sections with between bulkheads (Matthews and Benjamin). The construction of the ark was also applied to Noah’s story in Genesis. There was six days of chaos then on the seventh day it began to calm down which is similar to the Book of Genesis that mentions on the seventh day God rested (Matthews and Benjamin). After the flood, …show more content…
This hieratic text was written under the reign of Seti II between 1225-1194 BCE (Matthews and Benjamin). In this story mentions the sibling rivalry that was very common in the ancient times (Matthews and Benjamin). This story provides a similarity of the biblical story in Genesis; story of Cain and Abel, Joseph and Potiphar and the story of Jacob and Esau (Coogan, Brettler and Newsom). In the book of Numbers 22: 28-30 describes animals can speak and saves his master as well as in this story (Coogan, Brettler and Newsom). Anubis was the older married brother who live with his younger brother, Bata (Matthews and Benjamin). Bata worked hard to help his brother, preparing food for Anubis and his wife and works in Anubis’ farm (Matthews and Benjamin). Bata began to mate the stronger cattle together in order to make stronger herds (Matthews and Benjamin). In Genesis 30: 40-2 Jacob, mated the herds but only keep the strongest of the flock giving the weaker animals to Laban (Matthews and Benjamin). One day the two brothers were plowing the land and planting seeds in the ground (Matthews and Benjamin). The seeds were running out so Anubis sent Bata to his villa to get more seeds. Bata arrived at Anubis’s farm, and told Anubis Wife that they needed more seeds, but since she was busy combing her hair, she told Bata to go and get the seeds himself. (Matthews and Benjamin). When Bata went to get the seeds,

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