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Both the works have an account of the flood that came from God and the heroes of the stories saved their people until the flood lasted. Most of the scholars believe the flood is based on an actual one that occurred thousands of years ago.
The belief in the Babylonian religion in the Epic of Gilgamesh is based on a polytheistic belief while the Hebrew religion in Genesis based on the monotheistic belief. The cause of the flood according to the Gilgamesh Epic was the decision of the great gods since mankind was unfaithful to the Gods, they were wicked and sinful. The decision was Enlil’s who had planned to destroy all the humans through the flood. The Gods had not distinguished between the punishments and the people who deserved them; but the flood was a retribution to man.
On the other hand, in Genesis, the God grieves for the moral corruption of man and brings the flood as punishment. In this society, the belief was that God punishes only the sinful and provides protection to the ones he knows are righteous. The flood was therefore not destruction nor did it cause violence, it was a moral decision of God to punish the ones who are corrupt, greedy, and unjust.
The character of God is the major difference between the ways the societies were formed and stories were written. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Enlil was the one who provoked the flood but other gods such as Ea thwarted him and many others blamed Enlil for his relfectiveness. The gods agreed to the pact with Enlil because they were afraid to object which showed that the gods were not rational. Due to this, Ea gave hints and directions to Utnapishtim to build a ship in order to survive the flood. The moral or ethical motive of a flood was absent as Ea mislead Utnapishtim and provoked him to tell the population the half truth instead of saving them.
On the other hand, the Genesis story is based on the one all-powerful God who has no opposition or division. God has total superiority and sovereignty on the
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The Epic Hero is larger than life. He embodies mythic traits beyond that of an ordinary man: deeper flaws and greater strengths, tragic losses and valiant triumphs. The civilization shapes the notions of the Epic Hero, but certain constants persist. He is brave, powerful, and in constant contact with the supernatural world, unhindered by the constraints of true mortality.
The Sumerians are credited with the discovery of the earliest writing system--- the Cuneiform script. The language they spoke is called Sumerian which is considered close to Arabic. The epic story of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk in Southern Mesopotamia is written in Sumerian or Akkadian language.
Gilgamesh. Preserved in twelve tablets, the epic depicts the protagonist’s deplore over the death of his companion Enkidu, and his desire to become immortal in order to escape from the clutches of death forever. His intense wish to become immortal led him with his meeting with the renowned flood hero Utnapishtim, who had been blessed with immortal life by the gods.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is possibly one of the oldest stories on Earth. It originates from Ancient Sumeria and was originally written on 12 clay tablets in cuneiform script. Nobody can deny the interesting nature of the story. The Epic of Gilgamesh is well articulated and talks about the adventures of the historical King of Uruk.
Or if it is female, that someone happens to be beautiful and kind.
The characteristics of a hero, however goes beyond the jurisdiction of strength, beauty, or goodness. It also lies in inner qualities like wisdom, extraordinary simplicity, fortitude in the face of adversity, and even genuine concern and caring nature which some people happen to practice in their daily lives without being noticed.
Hebrew believes in One God, on the contrary, Mesopotamians has many gods and demigods. This establishes the reason why the God who caused the flood in the book of Genesis is definitely not the same god/s that causes
This study looks into the story of Gilgamesh, in several Sumerian versions, was at first generally known in the third millennium B.C. After a long oral history of retelling, this story in a regulated Akkadian version was recorded in the seventh century B.C., to be kept in the celebrated library of King Assurbanipal of Nineveh, written on twelve tablets.
It narrates the life of historical King of Uruk in Mesopotmaia who is lauded as godly in appearance: “Two-thirds of him is god, one-third of him is human” and that “The Great Goddess…prepared his form”. (Kovacs, Tablet I)