Gilgamesh And Noah

In 1872 a man named George Smith who was an authority on Assyria was looking through a collection of Assyrian tablets which belonged to King Ashurbanipal in the 7th Century B.C. when he found a tablet which told a story of a flood that was strikingly similar to the Noah’s Ark story in the Bible. This tablet was written in Akkadian and is now known as Tablet 11 of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

The most remarkable point the two stories share in common is that of the three birds which were released to see if the flooding was over. In both stories a deity had decided to destroy man with a flood because of his evil deeds and in both stories a man was found who was deserving of being saved. The man was warned and instructed to build a craft to save him, his family and a certain number of animals.

The exact details of the stories vary but the basic story line is the same. In the Gilgamesh epic the flooding is much …