Gilgamesh and The Book of Genesis

Skeptics argue that the flood storyline of Genesis is a revised description of a previous illusion, The Epic of Gilgamesh, created by the Sumerians. The central theme is the greatest similarity connecting the two. They also vary significantly in the minor details of the happenings that arise. In both accounts, the number of days for occurrences are altered, but the same crucial event occurs.

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In conclusion, though there are a number of sketchy resemblances between the two accounts, the principal bulk of resemblances would be anticipated to be observed in any prehistoric flood story, and why some parts seem to be so significantly altered is a problem for those who argue that the Genesis flood was drawn from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Works Cited
Bedford Anthology of World Literature Volumes 1 + 2 + 3. Bedford/st Martins, 2010. Print.
Stobaugh, James P. World Literature: Cultural Influences of Early to Contemporary Voices. Teacher Guide. Green Forest, Ark: Master Books, 2012. Internet resource.

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