The Biblical Flood and the Gilgamesh Myth
There are remarkable similarities between the biblical story of the flood and the more ancient version of Gilgamesh. The Babylonian epic Gilgamesh was written on twelve tablets around 2000 BCE and has survived in several versions. It was discovered in 1839 among the ruins of a buried library in the excavated ancient city Nineveh. Amazingly, the author’s name is written in one of the tablets, Shin-eqi-unninni. He is the oldest known human author. It is worth exploring what Gilgamesh tells us about the flood because it helps us understand the biblical view of God and man better.
Utnapishtim’s Account of the Flood
In the eleventh of the twelve tablets, Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh about the flood. The gods create humans, Utnapishtim explains, but they soon recognize they had made a mistake. Humans became so numerous that the gods were unable to stand the noise. They meet in counsel and decide to rid the world of the clattering humans by washing them away with a flood. The chief god insists that the other gods swear that they won’t reveal the destruction to humans. Ea, one of the gods who was previously involved in creating the humans, warns King Utnapishtim by not talking to him directly, as required by his oath, but by talking to Utnapishtim’s wall while Utnapishtim is in the room. Ea advises him to build a large, square boat and bring all living things into it. Utnapishtim loads the boat with gold and silver, his wife, and a sampling of all living things.
@Vicious-Retard Great read. Two of my interests combined in one. Comparison of biblical events throughout the different historical records and by different civilisation is interesting how they wanted to teach people in believing in the greater beings.
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It's also interesting to note that there are flood stories like this all over the world. The mayans have their own flood story as do the Aboriginies, who probably have arrived 60.000 years ago in australia. Intrigueing right?
@PetrAPark3r very much so
@PyroDox yea but not sure if the story of Gilgamesh encourages hedonism