The epic of gilgamesh has been of interest to christians ever since its discovery in the mid-nineteenth century in the ruins of the great library at nineveh, with its account of a universal flood with significant parallels to the flood of noah's day 1, 2 the rest of the epic, which dates back to. The epic of gilgamesh (/ ˈ ɡ ɪ l ɡ ə m ɛ ʃ /) is an epic poem from ancient mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature the literary history of gilgamesh begins with five sumerian poems about bilgamesh (sumerian for gilgamesh), king of uruk , dating from the third dynasty of ur ( c 2100 bc .
Skeptics claim that the flood narrative of genesis 1 is a rewritten version of an original myth, the epic of gilgamesh, from the enuma elish produced by the sumerians the flood of the epic of gilgamesh is contained on tablet xi 2 of twelve large stone tablets that date to around 650 bc these tablets are obviously not originals, since fragments of the flood story have been found on tablets that date to 2,000 bc.
Gilgamesh and the bible by shawna dolansky the epic of gilgamesh , a literary product of mesopotamia, contains many of the same themes and motifs as the hebrew bible of these, the best-known is probably the epic’s flood story, which reads a lot like the biblical tale of noah’s ark ( gen 6-9 . In 1880, english assyriologist geroge smith published the translation of tablet xi of the epic of gilgamesh containing the flood myth the translation of the clay tablet raised a number of problems and controversy due to its similarity to the genesis flood narrative. The epic of gilgamesh is an ancient poem about a king of uruk who was one-third god parts of the original sumerian story may have been written as early as 2100 bc, although gilgamesh is said to have reigned around 2700 bc the epic was subsequently translated into babylonian dialects the.
Comparing and contrasting epic of gilgamesh and the bible's noah's ark 642 words | 3 pages comparing and contrasting epic of gilgamesh and noah's ark many cultures have stories of a great flood, and probably the best known story is of noah's ark the next most notable is the sumerian story of ut-napishtim found in the epic of gilgamesh. Excerpt from the epic of gilgamesh as translated by n k sandars: you know the city shurrupak, it stands on the banks of the euphrates that city grew old and the gods that were in it were old. Comparing the flood stories in the gilgamesh epic and genesis, one is impressed with the numerous similarities between the two accounts the common elements between the two have been perplexing for some scholars. Then, this writer will compare the differences between the gilgamesh epic and genesis in several ways in the third chapter, this writer will compare both accounts from the aspect of their ethics in the fourth chapter, this writer will compare specific points of both accounts.
The narrative has very strong similarities to parts of the epic of gilgamesh which long predates the book of genesis so, which came first the obvious answer here is the flood myth from the epic of gilgamesh, although certain elements were copied from the epic of atrahasis.
A comparison of the epic of gilgamesh and the hebrew scriptures 1302 words 6 pages the hebrew flood story of noah and his obligation to preserve man kind after god had punished all living creatures for their inequities parallels the epic of gilgamesh in several ways. The comparison of the flood in the epic of gilgamesh and the hebrew bible in the epic of gilgamesh, first written around 2100 bc, 1 the flood is told in the eleventh tablet to prove that gilgamesh’s quest for immortality is impossible 2 warned by ea, utnapishtim built an ark to survive the flood which was brought up by enlil and thus got immortality.