Noah's Arc or the Epic of Gilgamesh Flood Story?

Mostly everyone, if not everyone, is aware of the great flood from the Bible and how Noah was told by God to gather the animals and build an arc. A lesser known story is the flood story from the Epic of Gilgamesh which predates the Bible and all other known literature. As of today, it is the oldest work of literature ever found. It goes all the way back to the ancient Sumerians, who were considered the creators of civilization. It speaks of the gods being angry at humans and the gods sending a flood to destroy the earth. They warned Utnapishtim and his family and told him to build a big boat and gather the seed of all living things. After the flood lasted for days, the boat landed on a mountain. A dove, swallow, and a raven were released to find land. Ishtar, one of the gods, sent a rainbow as a promise that he and the other gods would never flood the earth again. Does this sound familiar to you? Sounds eerily similar to the flood story of the Bible, and quite a few other flood stories from across the globe. Were you aware of this flood story and its similarities to the Bible?

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