A comparison of the epic of gilgamesh and the story of the flood

Similarities and differences between the flood story in the epic of gilgamesh and genesis

All day long there was quiet. He is also the symbol of God's mercy and grace. Gods were described as selfish and irascible ones without clear moral codes. The sides of the superstructure had equal lengths of cubits. Cultures can only develop over time. Utnapishtim loaded his silver and gold into the boat. Noah sends out raven once and it doesn't not find land. As Gilgamesh is leaving, Utnapishtim's wife asks her husband to offer a parting gift. Immortality or Mortality The outcomes for the hero are also different. The "great gods" Anu, Enlil, Ninurta, Ennugi, and Ea were sworn to secrecy about their plan to cause the flood.

No man was to survive the annihilation! It is definitely much better reason for the destruction of the human race.

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Both floods did indeed wipe out all of humankind but the did not last equal as long. This is one of many instances where the number 7 is used in context to the flood stories.

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One story that is paralleled in several cultures is the legend of a great flood. The final main similarity between the two stories is at the end.

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It is Ea who knew all of our plans. God is a highly sacred conception with morality and immortality. No one could see his fellows. It is definitely much better reason for the destruction of the human race. Pritchard ed. The way you portray each narrative is based on what exactly your beliefs are. Both floods however could be seen as symbols as a rebirth or a new beginning to what was see by God and the gods as a crumbling world. He said "Where did a living being escape? As if to demonstrate this point, Utnapishtim challenges Gilgamesh to stay awake for six days and seven nights. He spared only Noah and his famil They two also tells us a lot about the relationship between humans to Divinity. Kramer, S. But Enlil may not come, because he brought about the flood and annihilated my people without considering [the consequences]. Unlike The Gilgamesha where the reason was never said however the sender of the flood was a secret council of gods the idea was brought up by Enlil , the god of earth wind and air. Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Hence these translations imply that the boat was about feet high, which would be impractical [22] with the technology in Gilgamesh's time about BC.

Ea convinces Enlil that Utnapishtim escaped on his own and then Enlil grants Utnapishtim the gift of immortality. Another major difference is something that most often is overlooked by many people; the presence of demi-gods and great heroes during this time period.

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Gilgamesh flood myth