Bible critics eagerly dismiss the flood account in Genesis by claiming the Hebrew writers merely copied the much older account by the Sumerians called the Epic of Gilgamesh. It is believed that this tablet was written around 2000 B.C. This is much older than 1450 B.C. when Moses would have written Genesis. But they fail to realize that while Moses wrote down the flood account around 1450 B.C. (by divine inspiration), the actual flood occurred much earlier than even the Gilgamesh tablet (if its dating is accurate). It is logical to suggest that the Sumerians may have adapted their story from the oral tradition of the Pre-Mosaic Israelites and written their own version of the events. This in no way discredits the Genesis record, even if the Gilgamesh Epic is an older writing. The events far predate even the Sumerian record. Nozomi Osanai said (linked below) that if the Genesis account is an adaptation of the Gilgamesh Epic, “The author of the Genesis account would have needed to revise the Epic as follows: change the concept of god from polytheism to absolute monotheism and add the strong, consistent moral motivation for the Flood by establishing God as righteous and gracious; write clear descriptions that show the Flood as universal in order to make the whole account consistent…improve the source of the Flood from only rain to rain and underground water sufficient to cover the whole world; specify the duration of the Flood from only six days and nights and unspecified days to more than one year which is adequate for a universal Flood; redesign the structure of the Ark from the unstable cube to the ideal safe design for floating…Therefore, despite the many similarities between the two accounts, it would have been inconceivable to rewrite the Epic to the Genesis account, the more reliable one, unless the author was not only ethical, creative and logical, but also had enough knowledge about zoology, biology, physics, naval architectural skill, botany and ancient ethnic histories.” The Sumerian tablets also include the lifespans of kings which average over 30,000 years! Makes Methuselah’s 969 years seem like a mere weekend and far more believable. The Gilgamesh Epic is riddled with internal inconsistencies which show the Genesis record to have much greater accuracy and integrity. Bible critics need to find a more credible source to attack the Genesis record.
Posted by: Rob Lester | December 28, 2011