Epic Of Gilgamesh Vs Genesis

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There are many similarities and differences between the story of Noah in Genesis and the story of Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh. To start off, the first similarity I found was the reasons why the floods started. Both Gods in each story wanted to dispose of all humanity. However, there is a difference in the reasons why the Gods wanted to. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the God Enlil wanted to destroy mankind because they were too noisy, as shown in this quote, “The uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reason of the babel.” (108) However, in the story of Noah, God wanted to destroy mankind because he saw the wickedness inside them, as shown in this quote, “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth..” (Genesis 6:5) Another similarity is that in both stories a God commanded them to build ships.
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