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In Judeo-Christian mythology one of the most recognized stories from the Old Testament is the story of Noah and how they survived Gods great flood This story is a common throughout many mid-east cultures The most notable of these in the ancient Mesopotamian mythology with is the story of Utnapishtim and his story of survival of the gods rage Though both stories are telling what is assumed to be a tale of the same event there are many similarities and differences in certain details of the story Although some of these differing aspects are for the most part fairly insignificant some of them are quite drastic from one version to the other The source of the myth in the two cultures is quite different in the way the story is narrated In the case of Epic of Gilgamesh Gilgamesh encounters Utnapishtim on his quest for the plant of everlasting life The story is told on the first hand account by one of the sole survivors of the flood This is quite different from the ancient Hebrew account of the flood In the Old Testament it is presumably Moses who is telling the story of Noah in the book of Genesis In this case we have a second hand account of the story found in what is considered to be a sacred piece of scripture The reason that man was to be exterminated from the face of the earth is also different in both myths In the Mesopotamian version of the story man was becoming an inconvenience for the gods and keeping the gods up at night Because man was causing this disruption Enlil approached the other gods and they agree to get rid of man by a great flood This is an extreme contrast to what is found in the Hebrew version Man was becoming too evil for God to tolerate and so it was decided by God that
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