The Epic of gilgamesh vs. noah and the ark

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The epic of Gilgamesh vs. The story of Noah and the flood Its an epic question among man: “Did the ‘God’ of all the heavens and earth really sanctify the book we call the bible, or is it simply just the most accepted account of what has happened throughout man-kinds existence?” This is a question I have thought about for as long as I can remember. Growing up in church I always found it hard to believe that there was only one version of all of these intriguing stories. I always questioned the credibility of the King James Holy Bible. Its hard to believe that throughout these thousands and thousand of generations that not one person has perverted the original story to progress their own agenda. It just seems too convenient that the Holy Bible’s answer to my doubt is faith. Not to say that faith is something I do not believe in, but faith in man? Easier said than done. I’ve said all of this for this reason; I want to hear more than just one version of our early man ancestors. And I had the pleasure of doing just this when I picked up a copy of The Epic of Gilgamesh. I haven’t had the opportunity to indulge in any of the other sections of the book other than the flood, but in this paper I intend on bringing out the similarities and differences in these two stories. With no exaggeration my response while reading story of the flood in the epic of Gilgamesh was amazement. With just about every line I read I could see similarities to the story of Noah and the ark that I had grew up knowing. In both stories man angers their god. In the epic there were multiple gods mentioned: Ishtar, the goddess of love, Ennugi, the underworld god, Adad the rider of the storm, the weather god, and Ninurta, the rain god and a war god, just to name a few. Whereas in the biblical story of Noah there is only one god known as God, well, technically only one god. The god of the bible is

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