Gilgamesh And Noah Ark Essay

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Over time there have been a number of flood myths identified from ancient sources around the world. Since the nineteenth century, the flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh has been an interest to Christians because of the relations to the flood in Genesis 6-9. Both flood stories, Noah’s Ark and The Epic of Gilgamesh, challenge their main character by a flood that destroys all humankind except those protected on the ark. Although the stories differ in regards to details, the plots are similar between the two flood stories. Because of the similarity between the stories, some believe that either Genesis was copied from an earlier Babylonian story, or the Gilgamesh myth was copied from an earlier ...view middle of the document...

Noah put only his family and different species of animals on the ark. Where as, Utnapishtim put his family and animals too, but also a few others outside his family. In both stories, Noah and Utnapishtim send out birds to see if the water had receded; but the birds they each sent out were different, Noah sent out a raven and three doves and Utnapishtim sent out a raven, dove, and swallow. After the rains receded in both stories, both boats rested on a mountain; Noah rested on Ararat Mountain and Utnapishtim rested on Nisir Mountain. In each story the God(s) were pleased with both Noah and Utnapishtim and each received blessings. Noah’s blessing was to populate the earth and have dominion all over animals. Utnapishtim’s blessing was eternal life. As you can see now why the Christians were of interest in The Epic of Gilgamesh because of the many similarities with the flood myth of Genesis 6-9. Even though many similarities exist between the plot of both flood stories, there still are serious differences.
Apart from the many similarities of the two flood stories, the small details of each story differ in many ways. When it came to building the ark Noah was the only one who contributed to building the ark but in Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim had help from his family and many craftsmen from the city to build the ark and he also took along a pilot for his boat; which would make sense that it took Noah 100 years to build his ark and only 7 days for Utnapishtim to...

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