In the two books, the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible there are many events that are similar and different. This essay will compare and contrast the many similar and different events in the two, everything from the floods and the arks that were used in the two books.
In both the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh there were two like floods in their native cities. Both of these floods come to both cities due to the sins and the wickedness of man. In both stories there was a boat (Ark) that was directed to be built. And in both stories the two men were directed to have only one door of entrance. Both of the two men also release a bird while on the ark this was so that they could determine how close they were to land.
Now in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh found out about the flood in a dream and in the Bible God announced the flood to Noah. There was a difference in the passengers that where on both arks, Noah took two of each animal and just his family members in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh did the same he took all kinds of animals and his family along with a few non family members. In the Bible the ark landed on Mt. Ararat and in the Epic of Gilgamesh the boat landed on Mt. Nisir. The hero’s in the two stories were Noah in the Bible and Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
These are a few compare and contrasting events that occurred in both the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Genesis in the Bible.
Destruction by flood is a story that many cultures share. The stories have differences that highlight the beliefs in that culture. This is why the bible and the epic are so different. Their first difference is how they depict their gods. The epic of Gilgamesh depicts its gods as cruel and only somewhat powerful. The Bible depicts its God as omnipotent and omniscient. This is evident throughout the entire account of the flood. The gods of Gilgamesh want to destroy all of humanity.... [continues]
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