Epic of Gilgamesh: A Biblical Interpretation?

“The Bible is a book of myths based on other mythical fables of other cultures combined into one book and sealed with the label as ‘God’s Word,” many atheists have claimed over the years. They point out ancient Babylonian tablets (such as the Epic of Gilgmesh) as evidence for their claims). As Christians, however, we know that this is not true. The Bible is not a book of myths from other cultures. If this is true, then why are there different legends of creation and world-wide floods throughout the Middle East? Let’s take a deeper look into this subject.   The Gilgamesh Epic is a partial stone tablet uncovered in the late 1800’s that tells a tale of a global flood that destroyed all humanity and only eight people and a handful of animals survived the flood. The stone tablet that the story was inscribed on has been shown to be older than any text of the Bible. This would almost draw to the conclusion that the author of the Pentateuch (Moses) “coycatted” the story of the Flood from the Babylonian legend. However, there are a few faults in this conclusion. If Moses did “copycat” the Epic of Gilgamesh, he would have added more precise and correct information than what the Epic recorded. This is impossible, however, as information is usually lost in the handing down of the tale.   Since the tablet is older than the Pentateuch and it is plainly obvious that Moses did not “copycat” the tale, we must conclude the only proposition left: both the Pentateuch and the Epic of Gilgamesh are written records of an actual event. This would show that the Biblical worldwide Flood did indeed happen and that the Bible is accurate and not just a book of fables.

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