Since we’re reading a lot of ancient tales from ancient peoples lately, including some of the stories of Gilgamesh, I wanted to share this link. It is a commonly held belief that the Judao-Christian peoples borrowed the story of Noah’s flood from the Epic of Gilgamesh. But as this article points out, it is common to make legends out of historical events, but not history from legends. All people groups around the world remember a global flood.
The Gilgamesh Epic has close parallels with the account of Noah’s Flood. Its close similarities are due to its closeness to the real event. However, there are major differences as well. Everything in the Epic, from the gross polytheism to the absurd cubical ark, as well as the worldwide flood legends, shows that the Genesis account is the original, while the Gilgamesh Epic is a distortion.