Gilgamesh Bible Essay

Gilgamesh Bible Essay

… Flood which was brought about to destroy the city of Shurippak, “ancient, as were the gods within it, when their hearts led the great gods to produce the flood” (Kovacs, 45).
Also, the characters of Utnapishtim and the Biblical Noah were spared from the great deluge, for both were ordered by the Gods to build a vessel in order to survive the flood. In Genesis, chapter 6, verse 14, God tells Noah to “Make thee an ark of gopher
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wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without” (Holy Bible, 12); in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim is told by his Gods to “Tear down (his) house, build a ship; give up possessions, seek thou life. . . aboard the ship take thou the seed of all living things” (Magill, 1081). The demand to Utnapishtim to save “all livings things” is comparable with the account in Genesis (chapter 7, verses 2-3) when Noah is ordered by God to take “every clean beast. . . the male and his female. . . (the) fowls of the air. . . to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth” (Holy Bible, 12) into the ark.
In addition, Noah is instructed …

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