The Creation Story Of Genesis From Gilgamesh

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The Creation Story…of Genesis from Gilgamesh Discovered in the nineteenth century, The Epic of Gilgamesh is claimed to be one of the world’s oldest surviving pieces of literature. It details the life of a historical figure, Gilgamesh, the king who reigned over the Sumerian city-state of Uruk around 2700 B.C.E. (Britannica). He exemplifies the hardships of a supremely strong man that must accept his mortality while still trying to find meaning in his life. In contrast, the first five books of the Bible that were written before Christ (B.C.), the Pentateuch, recount the prophecies of the Son of God to come – fully divine and fully man. The first five books of the Old Testament were “written by Moses during the forty years that the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness (1450 - 1410 B.C.E.)” (DeCanio). Therefore, contrary to popular belief, that would mean that the stories retold in the Bible chronologically preceded those of Gilgamesh, but the physical documentation of these stories does not necessarily follow that chronological order. These two stories share some similarities in the stories that they convey, yet they involve different ideals and have sparked much discussion regarding their truth and their originality. The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Genesis both contain a “Great Flood:” a “mythological story about a great destruction that once befell the earth” (Lendering). In both tales, the extent of each flood was global, and their causes are

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