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Two floods: Gilgamesh and Noah

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The approximately 4,000 year old Babylonian tale “Gilgamesh” disturbs many religious people who feel threatened by the idea that a story that is very similar to the biblical flood story was written before the story of Noah and the flood. Gilgamesh was composed around 2000 B.C.E. and predates the scriptural version. A Jewish tradition dates the revelation of the Bible to 2448 years after creation, or about 1312 B.C.E. Both stories concern a flood caused by divinities: in the pagan myth by gods and in the Hebrew Bible by God. Both are saved by a boat and by using birds to discover if the flood water receded.

Since it is obvious that Gilgamesh was composed before the Bible, does this fact prove that the biblical account is a revised copy of the ancient Babylonian myth and that the events narrated in the Bible never occurred? Additionally, since the biblical report is filled with obviously unnatural events, such as Noah putting two or........

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