Response Paper 1-Flood Accounts

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Response Paper: Gilgamesh and Old Testament
Question: Is the biblical flood account a modified copy of the Epic of Gilgamesh?
The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Old Testament have their similarities as well as differences. The Epic of Gilgamesh is supposedly a mythical tale, while the Old Testament has proven to be true facts. I feel as if the biblical flood account can’t possibly be a modified copy of the Epic of Gilgamesh because while Gilgamesh is a myth, the Old Testament is a proven true story; notable differences between the two accounts and thirdly, because the word of God tells no tales. Even though “Gilgamesh is the first recorded heroic narrative of world literature (Chambers)”, God is the creator of the world so he had the power to actually make the flood occur even if he did get the idea from that tale. Since it is said that our God is an omniscient God or all-knowing; wouldn’t that mean that he in all actuality created Gilgamesh? I hope you can understand where I am trying to go with this argument because I know what I want to say, but it is so complex that it is hard to explain. I guess that is how it goes when it comes to discuss religion and history! Basically, my stance for saying that it is not a modification is because the Epic of Gilgamesh is not as realistic as the biblical account. ‘The gods were frightened by the flood, and retreated, ascending to the heaven of Anu. The gods were cowering like dogs, crouching by the outer wall (Clinton, Irele, , , , and et al 72-76).” Why would a powerful God be afraid of something that can’t destroy him? Although there was so much similarity between the two, the biblical account of the flood thrives off of realism and that is why I took the stance that I…...

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