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The worldwide catastrophic Flood, recorded in the book of Genesis, was a real event that affected real people. If there never was a worldwide Flood, then why are there so many stories about it?
It is to be expected that the stories of the flood would contain not only profound similarities but also differences. These differences would be due to both the confusion of tongues and the varying relationships to the true God which cultures had.
British explorers discovered in 1852–1853 clay tablets containing the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. First translated in 1872, its contents shocked the scholarly world because it seemed to closely parallel parts of Genesis, especially the Flood account. Indeed, many scholars accused the Bible of merely retelling the epic.
Written by Nozomi Osanai, A Comparative Study of the Flood Accounts in the Gilgamesh Epic and Genesis explains the relationship between the similar, yet distinct, flood accounts found in the Gilgamesh Epic and the book of Genesis.
Critics claim the Bible’s account borrows from earlier myths. But it’s the other way around.
An ancient Mesopotamian clay tablet corroborates the biblical record of the Flood and Noah’s Ark.
Is the Genesis Flood just another ancient myth?
The source of the flood, the duration of the flood, and the structure of the ark in the flood accounts are examined for scientific reliability.
Examines the flood accounts in light of secular history, including ancient man's theology, the record of the descendants of the survivors, the various flood traditions, and the search for the ark.
After examination, the Genesis account of the flood is verified as the historically valid flood account.
An examination of the internal consistency of the flood accounts on the basis of the magnitude of the flood and the test flights.
In the Gilgamesh Epic, the survivors are Utnapishtim, all of his family and kin, and the craftmen (XI 84–85), and yet their exact number is not mentioned.
An examination of ethical considerations in the Gilgamesh Epic and the Genesis flood accounts.
The Sumerian story of Ziusudra, the Akkadian Atrahasis Epic, and the Gilgamesh Epic are the renowned flood accounts written in the Ancient Near East, in addition to the Genesis account.
The natives of Sudan call Lake Chad in Africa BORNU BAHER EL NUH...
It is the worldwide existence of traditional stories, such as this one from the Australian Aboriginals, which provides evidence that the common ancestor of today’s races was Noah.
Unknown to most people, the Australian Aborigines have many traditions surprisingly similar to parts of the book of Genesis, especially those regarding Creation and Noah’s Flood.
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