Noah and The Ark, or Gilgamesh and the great flood?

Noah and The Ark, or Gilgamesh and the great flood?

rachelIf you have ever read the bible, or been to a Christian church, then you know the story of Noah and the Ark.

Make thee an ark … and of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring unto the ark … I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.MacGregor, Neil (2011-10-27). A History of the World in 100 Objects (Kindle Locations 1449-1451). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.

The story is supposed to be a record of god’s anger with man, his destruction, and being reborn in the form of coming out of the Ark. Noah prepared his family and all the animals, and two by two they went in. Every living thing had at least two of the species, and the clean had seven. The Ark was closed by god and he drowned all the sinners, and disbelievers in a flood that lasted 40 days and 40 nights. When the flood was over Noah had to wait for the waters to succeed, and then he came out and began the world anew. God put his rainbow over the earth as a promise that he would not destroy it by flood again. So the story goes.

That was believed to be the only such story and part of the bible, and its origin was thought to have been divine. Then the discovery was made that another story existed at least four hundred years before the biblical story existed.

Demolish the house, and build a boat! Abandon wealth and seek survival. Spurn property, save life. Take on board all living things’ seed! The boat you will build, her dimensions all shall be equal: her length and breadth shall be the same. Cover her with a roof, like the ocean below, and he will send you a rain of plenty.

The story was of an old man who lived long before anyone named Noah would have existed. His name was Gilgamesh. In his story he was told by his god to do the same as Noah, and the world would be flooded and destroyed. The story is almost identical to that from the bible.

Historians were shocked to learn this and it threw doubts into the bible of a divine origin of the Ark story. In fact this religion existed seven hundred years before the Noah tale, and was only written four hundred years before.

It was found on a Mesopotamian clay tablet that had survived to modern day. It was aged to before the time of the bible. Now historians believe the story of Noah was just a historical legend passed down based on a flood that happened in the river Nile. The flood was nothing more than a boat carrying animals on a journey; they were tossed about and landed on a bank of the Nile.

There is no historical evidence of a flood that covered the earth and no geological evidence can corroborate such a thing ever happening. Only speculation can give any answers, but the one thing is for sure. Long before the bible was another tale of floods and destruction of the wicked. The world being renewed and man with his god replenishing the earth. Nothing could be farther from any and all scientific evidence, geological evidence, and facts.

Author: Rachel Johnson