Gilgamesh Legends

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Legends have surfaced in hundreds of cultures throughout the world that tell of a colossal, catastrophic flood that destroyed a majority of mankind and was survived only by a few individuals and animals. Although a majority of historians that have studied this matter, estimate these legends number in the two hundred, other subject matter experts claim the number to be as immense as five hundred accounts of the flood throughout the world. There have been approximately two hundred flood myths found in the world. The similarity between much of their content is equally amazing. In addition, these stories have been found on every inhabited continent. These legends come from different ages and civilizations that could not possibly have copied any of …show more content…

There, he meets Utnapishtim, who tells him the story of the great flood. This is the chapter that George Smith was able to read in 1872. The story reads as follows- When the first light of dawn, When the waters subsided, the ark in both the stories came to rest upon the top of a mountain. God destroyed humankind, and in both stories, the gods promised to never harm human beings again. Next, they both commanded Noah and repopulate the earth. Any casual reader has to be impressed that there are these points of similarity between these two. On the same token, the reader has to be impressed with the fact that there are some conspicuous and obvious differences. In the Gilgamesh epic, the author has the gods that are squabbling. They are infections, jealous, and immoral. In contrast, there is a great, holy dignity in the bible that brings this judgment to bear. There is a real danger that the powers of chaos and destruction will explode out of hand. Events do in fact develop out of control. Even the gods are shocked by the results of their own action, but nothing shows more strikingly the difference in outlook and purpose than the

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