Gilgamesh vs Christianity Essay

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Gilgamesh vs Christianity





Many of the same ancient stories can be found in different cultures. Each story differs
in some aspects, but the general themes can have striking similarities. One story that is
paralleled in several cultures is the legend of a great, disastrous flood. The epic of
Gilgamesh resembles the Bible’s story of Noah’s Ark, but specific details
differ on several occasions.

The story of Gilgamesh originates from twelve fire-hardened, mud tablets, written in
cuneiform, in the Mesopotamian culture from around 2500 B.C.E. It has been passed down
through generations for centuries, teaching obedience to gods. The story of Noah’s
Ark, found in the Old Testament, seems to do the same thing; teach the importance of

being obedient to God.
Both sagas start with the earth being extremely populated, with no foreseen
break in the continuation of a booming culture. The earth was too full. People
were rowdy and reckless. Crime was widespread and grew day to day. These
heretical activities would not be tolerated for long; the flood is now scheduled to
arrive soon. Noah’s story creates the theme that the flood was sent because the earth had
become corrupt and filled with violence, (Genesis, 6). The only way to destroy this
violence was to drown everyone but the chosen few. These chosen few were hand-picked by
God as good people to start a new, more wholesome and obedient civilization.
Gilgamesh’s story says the reason for the flood was the volume the people created.
The noise was intolerable and the gods insisted on ending the racket at once (Gilgamesh).
The only reason Gilgamesh was spared is that he was informed of the flood by Ea, the water
god, through a dream. Ea was one of many gods in this time. He told him to build a boat of
equal width and length. He was to tear down his house for wood and tell the curious
townspeople that he was instructed to leave the city and go out to sea so as to please the
gods. Ea also instructed him to take the seeds of life onto the ship with him. Meaning two
of each animal, enough food for them and his family to eat for some time, and whatever
grain was left over would be planted once the water receded, (Epic of Gilgamesh).

Noah was also instructed to do the same. Only his orders came from the one and only God.
The Jewish culture believes in one supreme being. God told Noah to build a boat, not of
equal width and length, but in more of an oval shape. The boat was built to hold the seeds
of life as well, along with Noah’s family, (Genesis, 6). Gilgamesh brought his
family on the boat as well, but he also brought all the craftsmen that helped to build it.


This is a huge difference between the stories. The craftsmen were an added group that
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