Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Bible

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Introduction
The Bible is our source of information about God—who He is and what He has done for us. The Bible is an exposure of man—his character, history, and divine needs. The Bible also tells us about God’s plan of redemption, which provides forgiveness and renewal for man in his sinful situation. The Bible reveals what God’s standards of right and wrong are and what His will is for His men.
Unlike other books, the Bible was written by about forty authors who lived during a 1,500-year period beginning with Moses in the fifteenth century B.C.E. The Bible was written in two major languages—Hebrew and Greek, with a few parts of the Old Testament written in Aramaic. No other book has ...view middle of the document...

C.E. This is in blatant contrast to the age of the main story in the Book of Exodus where Moses leads the Hebrews out of Egypt . The commonly recognized dates for this story, would be around 1300-1200 B.C.E. If we were to accept these dates as being true this would make the tales told about Gilgamesh some eight hundred to nine hundred years older than any spoken telling of the Old Testament stories in the Book of Exodus.
One of the foundations in the Old Testament is the story of Noah's Ark and
it seems that Gilgamesh also had an adventure concerning a great flood. So it appears in both stories that the “sins” of man have angered their gods and so the gods are going to punish the human race. In both stories there is a warning of upcoming disaster given to someone who is seen as worthy of being spared during the destruction of mankind. Both were given specific instructions on how to save themselves and carry out certain requests of the gods. Noah was instructed to: “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.” (Genesis 14-16).
Gilgamesh was instructed: “O man of Shuruppak, son of Ubartutu: Tear down the house and build a boat! The boat which you are to build, its dimensions must measure equal to each other: its length must correspond to its width. Roof it over like the Apsu.”. Both Noah and Gilgamesh saved their families and animals from the wrath that mankind faced. They both also seemed to have the same idea to determine when it was safe to leave the safety of their boats and return to land. “And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.” (Genesis 7-11). Gilgamesh seemed to also use doves and ravens: “When a seventh day arrived I sent forth a dove and released it. The dove went off, but came back to me; no perch was visible so it circled back to me. I sent forth a swallow and released it. The swallow went off, but came back to me; no perch was visible so it circled back to me. I sent...

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