The Bible's Great Flood Mythology

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Legends began to surface in hundreds of cultures throughout the world that tell of a colossal, catastrophic flood that destroyed a majority of mankind. According to these legends, only few individuals and animals survived. Although a majority of historians that previously studied this matter, estimate these legends number in the two hundreds, other subject matter experts claim the more accurate number is closer to five hundred accounts of the flood throughout the world. Approximately two hundred flood myths surfaced around the world. The similarity between much of their content remains equally as impressive. Even more impressive, archaeologists found these stories on every inhabited continent on the planet. These legends come from different …show more content…

Folks sympathetic to the biblical message claimed this document confirms the truth in the bible’s great flood. On the other hand, biblical critics, claimed that it proves the Hebrews simply borrowed the epic, reworked it, and used it for their own purposes. Innumerable accounts of a great deluge surfaced since the time of the unearthing of The Epic of Gilgamesh. The Sumerians, the Mesopotamians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, even the Hittites all have an account of a long distant memory of a great flood. Whether they all share a common source or possibly independent memories of a great cataclysm remains a wide open debate. The actuality this event occurring proves extremely difficult to deny due to the overwhelming amount of stories. Now, the overlapping of these two stories continues with Noah and Utnapishtim, the far away. The story of Utnapishtim’s character survived a great flood by building a boat and putting all his family into this boat. Clearly, Utnapishtim acts as the counterpart to Noah in Genesis, and this boat he built compares to that of the ark. In the epic, Gilgamesh, concerned with his mortality, decided to visit Utnapishtim to find out how God gave him the gift of

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