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Sydnee Pottebaum Professor Lehmann Western Civilization 1 HIST 121 12 September 2019 The Flood Story The ultimate goal of the flood by both the Mesopotamian gods and the Hebrew God was the destruction of mankind. The Mesopotamian gods, particularly Anu, Ninurta, Enlil, Ennugi, and Ea, were angry at mankind while God “saw that the wickedness was great in the earth” (Genesis 6:5). Enlil and God both ordered the flood, but God first named Noah to begin the population of man again, and Ea secretly warned Utnapishtim to save himself and his wife along with any of the seed of life he may need (Tablet XI, i.34). Because Noah found favor in God, he was meant to be saved, but Enlil fully intended on destroying all of mankind with no survivors. After Ea warned Utnapishtim about the upcoming flood, Ea told him to build a boat so Utnapishtim could “choose to live and choose to love” (i.29), just as God told Noah to build a boat to save his family along with a pair of every animal on earth.
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Unformatted text preview: While the flood ordered by the Hebrew God ravaged on for forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:12), the flood ordered by Enlil lasted one week (Tablet XI, iii.98-99). After the floods, both Noah and Utnapishtim released a bird to see whether or not the waters had receded from the land. Both released a bird three separate times, and on the third try, the birds revealed that the waters had finally receded. After discovering that his plan to destroy all living things had been defied, Enlil was very angry. Made to see reason by Ea explaining that not all humans deserve to be destroyed and there are other ways to punish those who do, he granted Utnapishtim and his wife eternal life (Tablet XI, iv.164-181). God, already knowing of Noah’s survival, blessed Noah and his family and gave them the task of refilling the earth with the promise that the “waters shall never again become a flood” (Genesis 9:1&15), while the Mesopotamian gods made no such promise....
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