The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible | Epic Archaeology

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This is an excellent overview of the Epic of Gilgamesh and how it compares with the Bible narrative in Genesis that Epic Archaeology (Ted Wright) has authored.

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For many years, skeptics of the Bible (especially The Pentateuch & Genesis) have pointed to an ancient Mesopotamian story called The Epic of Gilgamesh as proof that the Biblical writers either borrowed or stole ideas from their ancient Near Eastern neighbors. However, upon closer examination of this remarkable piece of ancient literature, we can see that this is not the case. In fact, historic events that “inspired the Gilgamesh Epic” predate the epic itself and perfectly line up with the Biblical account of primeval history as outlined in the book of Genesis. 

Students of the Bible should know about the Epic of Gilgamesh, not merely because of  similarities with some of the themes in Genesis, but because it is widely considered by scholars and historians as the first epic narrative in the history of world literature [1]. 

To read the rest of this well documented post please click on the direct link below:

epicarchaeology.org/genesis-and-primeval-history/the-epic-of-gilgamesh-the-bible/

5 comments

  1. Hmmmm…. This was much longer than I normally have time to read and the title really did not interest me until I saw the word Bible. ( I am an average woman and not an avid reader). I did read your blog, however, and found it very interesting and informative. I am not a scholar and I have never heard of the Epic of Gilgamesh before now. I really enjoyed reading about both the epic and the Bible and learning something new. Thank you for sharing.

    Terri D

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