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Anthony Bonanni Professor Luke Jih Mosaic I 0851 09 February 2011 Reflection Paper 1. The idea of human evil is different in both of the narratives. In Gilgamesh, the reason for the flood was because the people of Shuruppak were annoying towards the Gods. In the book of Genesis, the people were purely evil and wicked, and God regretted creating humankind because of it. The flood was not a good way of wiping out evil in Gilgamesh because the God Ea criticized the God Enlil for choosing a flood. Ea said that if Enlil wanted to kill some particular people, he could have used wolves, lions, or a plague to only kill the people that deserved to die. The flood seemed like a good way of wiping out evil in Genesis because God saw all people as truly evil and wicked, and didn’t think that any of them deserved to live except for Noah. The argument of the Mesopotamian Gods after the flood makes sense because Ea thought that evil could have been removed using a better method that did not involve killing people who were innocent. The alternative way of dealing with evil is to only go to the source, and not to punish everyone for someone else’s evil. 2. While the flood was happening in Gilgamesh, the Gods basically scrambled to get away. After the flood they reacted in shame, argued amongst themselves, and regretted that they even called for a flood in the first place. The reaction of God in the book of Genesis was more of a lesson learned type of reaction. God showed some regret by saying that he would never call for
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