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Fiction or history story or truth myth or religion these are questions that are applied to the ancient epic of Gilgamesh Interestingly these same questions apply to another major work the Bible Who is to say what is real and what is fiction of these two very old books They were written many years ago both with many different versions and in different languages with slight variations While it is claimed that Sumerians wrote Gilgamesh as early as 3000 BC there is much controversy surrounding the time the Bible mainly the Old Testament was written Loery Strangely these two books have similar accounts of very meaningful events and symbols in todays society yet one is a myth and the other is the basis of many different religions The similarities between parallel stories in Gilgamesh and The Bible make it hard to believe that one work did not influence the other While the two flood stories are obvious parallels there is one pair of other similar accounts that deserve as much attention the creation of Adam and the creation of Enkidu have four important similarities in the Bible and in GilgameshThe most talked about and obvious parallel in these two works is the depiction of a very large flood In Gilgamesh the main character Gilgamesh talks with Utnapishtim the man who survived the flood He tells Gilgamesh the story revealing details strangely similar to those of Noahs flood in the Bible Utnapishtim was ordered to build an ark in a dream by one of the gods who had pity on mankind Sin-Leqi-Unninni XI I God told Noah to build an ark because he was blameless in that age and deserved salvation from total destruction Genesis 69 Though God did not use a dream to notify Noah both were instructed on what to take on the ark Load the seed of every living thing into your ark Ea says to Utnapishtim Sin-Leqi-Unninni XI I 27 Likewise God
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