A theology of the fall in genesis 3 and the ancient near east non-technical - oct 31, 2013 - by james gee phd share/recommend this article: the accounts to which we will compare the genesis material are the atrahasis epic, the gilgamesh epic, and the adapa story.
Genesis and gilgamesh (selfchristianity) submitted 3 years ago by roman catholic throwaway_catholic_c i often see atheists say that genesis is a rehash of the epic of gilgamesh, and thus our belief in god should crumble from there. So, right from the outset, we begin to see the differences between the flood of the book of genesis, and the flood of the epic of gilgamesh and there are many other differences.
The epic of gilgamesh is an ancient poem about a king of uruk who was one-third god parts of the original sumerian story may have been written as early as 2100 bc, although gilgamesh is said to have reigned around 2700 bc the epic was subsequently translated into babylonian dialects. The genesis account was kept pure and accurate throughout the centuries by the providence of god until it was finally compiled, edited, and written down by moses 26 the epic of gilgamesh, then, contains the corrupted account as preserved and embellished by peoples who did not follow the god of the hebrews.
Although the epic of gilgamesh predates the book of genesis by hundreds of years, the sumerian text probably had a profound influence over the latter genesis, the first book of the old testament in the bible, is so named because it opens with an account of the creation of the world the first 11 chapters, which are heavily indebted to mesopotamian tradition, trace the gradual expansion of humankind and the development of human culture. In the book of genesis, god is the only creator god creates heaven, earth, humans, creatures, etc god is the only one who determines who lives and who dies, who sins and who gets blessed god has the final decision in everything however, in the epic of gilgamesh there is a different god in every situation.