The Tablet of the Covenant is based upon the Babylonian epic of Atrahasis. ( Ziusudra in Sumerian). It is a tale of the early days of earth, when mankind was. These texts can be used to reconstruct the lost parts of the Epic of Atraḥasis, while the overall structure is, of course, known from the Bible. The Babylonian Epic of Atrahasis, written no later than. B.C.E., is an ancient Primeval History of Man which relates the story of man from the events that.

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The Mesopotamian flood accounts and the Genesis account of Noah were examined to decipher correlations and differences and further examined to see how these accounts fit into An- cient Near Eastern literary history.

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This examination highlighted the similarities and contrasted between the Mesopotamian flood accounts with the Genesis account of Noah to better under- stand the development of Ancient Near Eastern thought and religious practice. In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible.

Hill, A. A Survey of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. Kuo, J. Gilgamesh, Epic of. Barry, L. Wentz, D. Mangum, C. Sinclair-Wolcott, R. Klippenstein, D. Bomar, … D. Brown Eds. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press. Matthews, V.

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Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh of a boxthorn -like plant at the very bottom of the ocean that will make him young again. Gilgamesh obtains the plant by binding stones to his feet so he can walk on the bottom of the sea.

He recovers the plant and plans to test it on an old man when he returns to Uruk. Unfortunately, when Gilgamesh stops to bathe it is stolen by a serpent that sheds its skin as it departs, apparently reborn. Gilgamesh, having failed both chances, returns to Uruk, where the sight of its massive walls provokes him to praise this enduring work of mortal men.

The implication may be that mortals can achieve immortality through lasting works of civilization and culture. Flood myth section[ edit ] Lines , Tablet XI [8] note: with supplemental sub-titles and line numbers added for clarity Ea leaks the secret plan[ edit ] Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh a secret story that begins in the old city of Shuruppak on the banks of the Euphrates River.

The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic

The "great gods" Anu, Enlil, Ninurta, Ennugi, and Ea were sworn to secrecy about their plan to cause the flood. But the god Ea Sumerian god Enki repeated the plan to Utnapishtim through a reed wall in a reed house. Ea commanded Utnapishtim to demolish his house and build a boat, regardless of the cost, to keep living beings alive. The boat must have equal dimensions with corresponding width and length and be covered over like Apsu boats.

Utnapishtim promised to do what Ea commanded. He asked Ea what he should say to the city elders and the population. Ea tells him to say that Enlil has rejected him and he can no longer reside in the city or set foot in Enlil's territory. He should also say that he will go down to the Apsu "to live with my lord Ea".

Building and launching the boat[ edit ] Carpenters, reed workers, and other people assembled one morning. The sides of the superstructure had equal lengths of cubits.

He also made a drawing of the interior structure. The boat had six decks [? Water plugs were driven into the middle part. Punting poles and other necessary things were laid in. Three times 3, units of raw bitumen were melted in a kiln and three times 3, units of oil were used in addition to two times 3, units of oil that were stored in the boat.

Oxen and sheep were slaughtered and ale, beer, oil, and wine were distributed to the workmen, like at a new year's festival. When the boat was finished, the launching was very difficult. A runway of poles was used to slide the boat into the water. Two-thirds of the boat was in the water. Utnapishtim loaded his silver and gold into the boat.

He loaded "all the living beings that I had. The time arrived, as stated by the god Shamash, to seal the entry door. Early in the morning at dawn a black cloud arose from the horizon. The weather was frightful. Utnapishtim boarded the boat and entrusted the boat and its contents to his boatmaster Puzurammurri who sealed the entry.

The Epic of Atraḥasis

The thunder god Adad rumbled in the cloud and storm gods Shullar and Hanish went over mountains and land. Erragal pulled out the mooring poles and the dikes overflowed. The Annunnaki gods lit up the land with their lightning. There was stunned shock at Adad's deeds which turned everything to blackness.

The land was shattered like a pot. All day long the south wind blew rapidly and the water overwhelmed the people like an attack.

No one could see his fellows. They could not recognize each other in the torrent. The gods were frightened by the flood, and retreated up to the Anu heaven. They cowered like dogs lying by the outer wall. Ishtar shrieked like a woman in childbirth. The Mistress of the gods wailed that the old days had turned to clay because "I said evil things in the Assembly of the Gods, ordering a catastrophe to destroy my people who fill the sea like fish.

The flood and wind lasted six days and six nights, flattening the land. On the seventh day, the storm was pounding [intermittently? Calm after the storm[ edit ] The sea calmed and the whirlwind and flood stopped. All day long there was quiet.

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All humans had turned to clay. The terrain was as flat as a roof top. Utnapishtim opened a window and felt fresh air on his face.But he Atrahasis was in and out.

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Band 9, ed. The gods may come to the sacrificial offering. I, iii, 8, For Calah, see Wiseman, Iraq and pi. At present, we know of fourteen Sumerian royal hymns that 1 For a more extensive discussion of this see my forthcoming book, which will be a revised version of my dissertation.

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