Essay on The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Hebrew Bible

1387 Words May 31st, 2013 6 Pages
The Depiction of Gods: Immature Children Versus the Noble Guide Prompt: In the Sumerian tradition, the gods lack unity, are spiteful toward humans, and don’t follow logical reasoning in their actions. In the Hebraic tradition, the singular god displays favoritism amongst the humans, experiences self blame, and presents sound reasoning to defend his actions as the ultimate creator of the world. While the Sumerian and Hebraic traditions have direct contact with humankind, they have different motives in doing so. How do the Sumerian gods communicate the flood to the people in The Epic of Gilgamesh? How does the Hebraic god communicate the flood to the people within The Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible? What does this difference in …show more content…
Genuinely concerned for humanity’s morality, God guides Noah into the proper action in preparation for the flood. Similarly, as the flood ends, God need not be summoned back to Earth like the Sumerian gods. God simply “remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark” (Norton 164). He ultimately uses his grand power to end the flood, as it has done what it was ordained to do. After the

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