Gilgamesh or Noah? Which is the Original?

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.

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3 Responses to Gilgamesh or Noah? Which is the Original?

  1. Rick says:

    I just read your comment the Noahic flood vs. the Legend of Gilgamesh and you mentioned that all peoples of the world have a global flood tale. Could you tell me about the Egyptian Global flood tale? Because after years of research I am unable to find any such story from the Egyptians. I have found that the Noahic flood is claimed to have happened sometime in the 24th Century BCE But the Egyptians started buliding Pyramids in 4000 BCE 1500 years prior to the Noahic flood. And the time of the Noahic flood would correspond to the time of the 5th and 6th Egyptian dynasties. More specifically the times of the Egyptian rulers Unas and his successor Teti. They have prodigous records of Births, Deaths, Marriages Census’ of both Livestock and people, yet no record of a global flood that supposedly happened while these Kings were in power.

    • Angela says:

      A simple Google search will bring up all kinds of information on the Egyptian flood stories, including that the following points were consistent with the biblical flood record: man in transgression, divine destruction, humans saved, universal destruction, survivors worship, divine favor on saved, and a partial representation of destruction by water.

      The flood of Noah’s time (around 2,500 BC) happened before the pyramids were built. The traditional Egyptian chronology is erroneous.

      As Egyptologist Alan Garndiner wrote in his book, “What is proudly advertised as Egyptian history is merely a collection of rags and tatters.” The dates for Egyptian chronology are far from being “astronomically fixed”, as some would have us believe.

      The traditional Egyptian chronology is based on Meyer’s theory of the Sothic cycle. ( For more reading on the problems with the Sothic dates see this article.)

      The Sothic theory has absolutely bedevilled efforts to establish proper synchronisms throughout antiquity, especially when it is considered that the chronology of the other nations is usually assessed with reference to Egypt.

      Even though academia clings tenaciously to this theory, Meyer’s “first sure date” of 4240 BC has been dropped in favour of 3100BC for the beginning date for Egyptian dynastic history. So it is unlikely that the periods were being built in 4000 BC as you mention, even by the chronology commonly believed today. Many archaeologists have called for a revision of the traditional dates by centuries. Doing so would bring some of the source material into better synchrony with neighboring nations.

      This would also explain other puzzles in the Egyptian record, such as the “Asiatic slaves” that were in Egypt during the reign of King Neferhotep I. It could also explain the “sudden and unpremeditated” departure of these slaves, and records such as this:

      Nay, but the heart is violent. Plague stalks through the land and blood is everywhere…. Nay, but the river is blood. …..Nay but men are few. He that lays his brother in the ground is everywhere…. The stranger people from outside are come into Egypt….. The king has been taken away by poor men. — Ipuwer Papyrus, Leiden Museum

      It would also explain the Hyksos occupying Egypt “without a battle”. This is likely because Pharaoh and his highly trained army were at the bottom of the Red Sea and Egypt was in shambles from all the recent devastations by plague. (Exodus 14:28)

      It is also significant to note that the mummy of Khasekemre-Neferhotep I has never been found.

      If you are interested in doing more reading about Egypt from a different worldview perspective I highly recommend:
      Unwrapping the Pharaohs by John Ashton and David Down
      The Puzzle of Ancient Man by Donald E. Chittick, Ph. D.

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