The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Bible: Comparing The Essay

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Bible: Comparing The Flood Stories

In both The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible, a flood takes place. The flood in both
stories destroys most of mankind. These floods are a symbol. They represent rebirth and a
new beginning for mankind, as well as the gods or God's wrath. In the epic of Gilgamesh
the gods decided to destroy mankind by flooding earth for six days and nights. Utnapishtim
was chosen to build a boat in order to restart mankind after the flood. In The Bible, God
decided that there was too much evil in the world and decided to flood Earth for forty
days and nights. God Chose Noah to build an ark to save 2 of each animal and restart
mankind after the flood. In both The Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Bible, a story of a great
flood occurs these stories compare and contrast in several significant ways. In both
stories mankind was exterminated because things were getting to chaotic. In Gilgamesh the
god Enlil's reason for wanting to destroy man was "the uproar of mankind is intolerable
and sleep is no longer possible" The other gods agreed with this. In the Bible, God also
saw how the wickedness of man had taken over earth.Utnapishtim was chosen to survive the
great flood because he was a true worshipper of the god Ea, who came to warn Utnapishtim
about the flood. Noah was the only man on earth who found grace in the eyes of God, and
was really good. Because of this, God came to warn him about the flood and told him to
build the ark. They each approached their Journey by building a large boat, and bringing
his family and two of every flesh being onto the boat. Utnapishtim's boat was two hundred
feet tall, with six stories. Noah's ark was thirty cubits high, and three stories. They
each survived by staying in the boat during the whole flood, until it was over. From the
god Ea, Utnapishtim was rewarded life eternal. Noah was blessed by God and was rewarded
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