The Great Flood
Upon reading The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Old Testament: Hebrew Views on God and History we find embedded into each of the texts a story of the great flood.In analyzing the two pieces we see that the stories are very similar.This is very interesting since they were written within several hundred years of each other.The similarities and the differences within the stories shed light on what types of belief systems the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations had as well as giving us an idea of what might have been important to the people.
As we look at the two texts, the storyline of both texts is based on the same historically significant event.In each of these stories these aspects are the same.Thefirst is that each man in the stories was contacted by his God/Gods and told that they were angry at mankind.Because of their anger the gods decided that they were going to send a flood to destroy them. These gods, taking pity upon specific men, gave Utnapishtim and Noah instructions to build large boats in which they were to save their families and a male and female of every thing living.Each man obeyed the words of his god, built the boat, covered it in pitch to protect it from the water, filled it with the supplies, and an instance of every living thing. The story goes onto give an account of a terrible storm with torrential rain; which created such a flood that man, plant, and animal kind were destroyed.When the rains had stopped and the sun returned, both boats settled on an underwater mountain top.Utnapishtim and Noah both sent out a series of three birds to help them to know when the waters had receded enough for them to leave the boat.Upon leaving the boat both men offered sacrifices to his god for allowing them to survive.As a reward for their obedience both men were blessed.
Although the stories are very similar there are many differences within the story which set each group of peoples apa…
The Great Flood