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In the 11th Tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh how he became immortal, a reward for surviving the flood and offering animal...

Compare and contrast 11th Tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh to Genesis 6:1—9:22.

In the 11 th Tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh how he became immortal, a reward for surviving the flood and offering animal sacrifices to feed the gods. Read this account carefully, and then write an essay comparing and contrasting this document with the flood narrative found at Genesis 6:1—9:22. In formulating your thesis statement/main argument, you might think about some of the following questions: In what way(s) are the two accounts similar? How do they differ? Is there a relationship between the two documents? What, from the point of theology, do the two documents tell us about the communities that produced them? THE FLOOD NARRATIVE FROM THE GILGAMESH EPIC Tablet XI Told by Utnapishtim to Gilgamesh The story begins : Shurippak a city which thou knowest, (And) which on Euphrates' banks is setThat city was ancient, (as were) the gods within it, When their heart led the great gods to produce the flood. There were Anu, their father, Valiant Enlil, their counselor, Ninurta, their herald, Ennuge, their irrigator. NinigikuEa was also present with them; Their words he repeats to the reedhut: 'Reedhut, reedhut! Wall! Wall! Reedhut, hearken! Wall, reflect! Man of Shuruppak, son of UbarTutu, Tear down (this) house, build a ship! Give up possessions, seek thou life. Despise property and keep the soul alive. Aboard the ship take thou the seed of all living things. The ship that thou shalt build, Her dimensions shall be to measure. Equal shall be her width and her length. Like the Apsu thou shalt roof her.' I understood, and I said to Ea, my lord: 'Behold, my lord, what thou hast thus ordered, I shall be honored to carry out. But what shall I answer the city, the people and elders?'
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Ea opened his mouth to speak, Saying to me, his servant: 'Thou shalt then thus speak unto them: "I have learned that Enlil is hostile to me, So that I cannot reside in your city, Nor set my foot in Enlil's territory. To the Deep I will therefore go down, To dwell with my lord Ea. But upon you he will shower down abundance, The choicest birds, the rarest fishes. The land shall have its fill of harvest riches. He who at dusk orders the hushgreens, Will shower down upon you a rain of wheat. With the first glow of dawn, The land was gathered about me. The little ones carried bitumen, While the grown ones brought all else that was needful. On the fifth day I laid her framework. One (whole) acre was her floor space, (660' X 660') Ten dozen cubits the height of each of her walls, Ten dozen cubits each edge of the square deck. I laid out the shape of her sides and joined her together. I provided her with six decks, Dividing her (thus) into seven parts. Her floor plan I divided into nine parts. I hammered waterplugs into her. I saw to the puntingpoles and laid in supplies. Six 'sar' (8,000 gallons), of bitumen I poured into the furnace, Three sar of asphalt I also poured inside. Three sar of the basketbearers transferred, Aside from the one sar of oil which the calking consumed, And the two sar of oil which the boatman stowed away. Bullocks I slaughtered for the people, And I killed sheep every day. Must, red wine, oil, and white wine I gave the workmen to drink, as though river water, That they might feast as on New Year's Day. . . . On the seventh day the ship was completed. The launching was very difficult, So that they had to shift the floor planks above and below, Until twothirds of the structure had gone into the water. Whatever I had I loaded upon her.
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