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Paul Aberion English 303 West Lit Backgrounds Professor Beth Haddrell 10 20 03 Revision Paper The Flood Stories The Validity Debate Continues In the Epic of Gilgamesh it articulates how For six days and six nights the winds blew torrent and tempest and flood overwhelmed the world tempest and flood raged together like warring hosts Sandars 111 Alternatively in the Old Testament it simply states All the fountains of the great deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were opened And the flood was forty days upon the earth and the waters increased and the ark went upon the face of the watersHoly Bible Genesis 711b 17a 18b In addition the story of the Flood in Metamorphoses elaborates on the fact that Neptune called his river all and told them very briefly to lose their violence open their houses His trident struck the shuddering earth it opened the way for the rush of waters Humphries 11 Many critics settle on the work of literature that best explains how when and why the flood occurredWould it be justified to classify these poetic writings in terms of accurateness or elaboration The three works of written documentation in the Epic of Gilgamesh The Old Testament and Metamorphoses detail a flood story with resemblance and dissimilarity Nevertheless one work should not be judged by what it is lacking in information in relation to the other works of literature For example it is quite clear that the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Metamorphoses is a more elaborated diction of the Flood than in the Old Testament However lets not be overly critical towards one version of the flood story due to its lack of intricate detailing to another flood story translation One should take all three books as contrasting forms of linguistic translations that compliment the same flood story with minor discrepancies The disagreement lies not in diction
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