The sumerian flood myth found in the deluge tablet was the epic of ziusudra, who heard the gods' plan to destroy humanity, in response to which he constructed a vessel that delivered him from great waters. The epic of gilgamesh is estimated to originate around 1900 bc it is a sumerian and akkadian story of a great flood, death, a 'noah' type figure, and the search for eternal life. 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) but the epic also includes a character whose. The stories known to us as the atrahasis epic (introduced last week) and the gilgamesh epic both include stories of a cataclysmic flood the similarities between these stories and the biblical story are well known, striking, and incontrovertible.
Comparison of the flood stories in gilgamesh and the hebrew bible the two stories closely parallel each other, though gilgamesh was written down before 2000 bce and the version in genesis was compiled ca 400 bce. Perhaps, the most famous document is the babylonian “epic of gilgamesh,” which tells the story of a man by the name of utnapishtim the gods decide to destroy the earth, there is a great flood, and because utnapishtim is the favorite of one of the gods, eau, he is saved. A great flood: atrahasis, gilgamesh and genesis 2 a great flood: atrahasis, gilgamesh, and genesis this paper will examine the great flood accounts of mesopotamia, namely atrahasis and gilgamesh in light of their presentation and also in comparison to the biblical flood story in genesis. The epic tells of gilgamesh, a king who sets off on a journey and is told a story of a great worldwide flood the similarities between the epic of gilgamesh ( tablet 11 ) and the later tale of noah’s flood ( genesis 6-9 ) are obvious.
Comparing the great flood in epic of gilgamesh and the biblical story of noah’s ark many of the same ancient stories can be found in different cultures each story differs in a small way, but the general idea remains synonymous. Comparison of gilgamesh flood with noah flood all throughout history in every culture on the planet there seems to be an ancient story that describes a flood some of them go into detail about how big the flood was, others go into detail about how long it lasted or how the flood was brought on by the gods. A comparative study of the flood accounts in the gilgamesh epic and genesis explains the relationship between the similar, yet distinct, flood accounts found in the gilgamesh epic and the book of genesis written by nozomi osanai, a comparative study of the flood accounts in the gilgamesh epic and.
Everything in the epic, from the gross polytheism to the absurd cubical ark, as well as the worldwide flood legends, shows that the genesis account is the original, while the gilgamesh epic is a distortion. 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. With the flood story parallels version takes on great significance for it shows at once that in the hebrew mind the notion of man as immortal is impossible and also lends support the flood account of the gilgamesh epic represents the culmination and. The sumerian epic of gilgamesh dates back nearly 5,000 years and is thought to be perhaps the oldest written tale on the planet in it, there is an account of the great sage utnapishtim, who is. There are many similarities between the gilgamesh flood account and the biblical flood account (genesis 6—8), beginning most importantly with god choosing a righteous man to build an ark because of an impending great flood.
Flood myths exist in many ancient texts, but descriptions of a great deluge in the epic of gilgamesh are arguably the most like descriptions of the great flood in the bible scholars believe that. Compare and contrast flood story and the epic of gilgamesh in the mesopotamian aspect, there is a man named gilgamesh he is on a search for a man that in this story is equal to noah in the flood story from the bible. In both the epic of gilgamesh and the bible there are catastrophic stories that compare and contrast in several significant ways a flood takes place in both stories, which destroys most of mankind.
The great flood: mythological story about a great destruction that once befell the earththere are several variants the biblical version is the most famous the possibility that there is a historical event behind the story (a local flood in southern babylonia in the twenty-eighth century bce) cannot be excluded. While the fact that there are flood legends like the genesis flood account in most cultures around the world is used to testify to the reliability of the bible, 3 the gilgamesh epic is used to deny the authority of the bible because of its predating. The flood story from the epic of galgamesh 1,8 and the hebrew story in genesis are very similar with almost 20 major points in common their texts are obviously linked in some way their texts are obviously linked in some way. The flood mythology found in the epic of gilgamesh and other places serves to give significant evidence that a global flood did occur the similarities between the 2200 bc tablet and the biblical story give weight to moses' account.
This story has many similarities to the biblical tale of noah and the flood, suggesting that the biblical writer may have drawn on the myth of gilgamesh, or that both stories are based on a real flood that occurred in ancient mesopotamia. In both the epic of gilgamesh, and the bible, a story of a great flood occurs these stories compare and contrast in several significant ways in both stories mankind was exterminated because things were getting to chaotic. For a useful comparison of the gilgamesh flood story and that of gen 6-9, see heidel, the gilgamesh epic and old testament parallels for the reference to the clean animals in the ark of atra-hasis, see lambert and millard atra-hasis, p. Many things about the flood story in the bible seem identical to the flood in gilgamesh, but there are still many differences the differences are seen before, during, and after the flood, making the two stories similar, but not quite identical.