Gilgamesh vs Genesis: the Flood

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Total destruction! The water is covering the whole entire world swallowing every living creature from human to insect into the abyss of wet darkness during the Great Flood. During my reading of The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis I found that there are definitely some similarities between the flood accounts in The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis; however, there are some differences as well. I plan to discuss the similarities and the differences between these two accounts, what I thought of the YouTube Clip concerning the different flood accounts, and why I think people are so interested in the Flood. First, I would like to discuss the similarities and differences between the accounts of the flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis. They both describe total destruction of the world by massive flooding and both describe survivors through way of an arch or boat including male and female of each creature. They both describe the main survivor sending out birds to see if the waters had receded. They both describe the coming of the flood due to the wickedness of man and a chosen person being forewarned of the coming flood. They both are perched at the top of a mountain. Although these two works are very similar, they are just as different. The survivors in The Epic of Gilgamesh are Unanapishtim, his wife, and one of every skill and trade. In Genesis the survivors are Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives because of their wholesomeness. In The Epic of Gilgamesh they ended up atop Mount Nimush and in Genesis they ended up atop Mount Ararat. In Genesis it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. In The Epic of Gilgamesh it rained for seven days and seven nights. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, the arch was a cube and in Genesis the arch was 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits in height. Second, I am going to discuss the YouTube clip discussing the different flood accounts. I thought this...
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