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comment What narrative purpose does the Flood story fulfill?
I think you're severely underestimating some rather sophisticated civilizations. The Amarna letters, dating to 1390, detail a system of international trade and diplomacy involving Egypt, Babylonia, Hatti, and Assyria. There's even several letters from the chieftain of Jerusalem to Amenhotep III, written in Akkadian. And Tablet IV of Gilgamesh, first written in 2200, is essentially about a trip from Basra to Tripoli to get lumber for a door.
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accepted What narrative purpose does the Flood story fulfill?
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comment What narrative purpose does the Flood story fulfill?
I can buy that: The authors simply take the myth, purge it of its subversive elements as best they can, and then make it their own. It would certainly fit in with the other modifications, like the flood lasting much longer in the Biblical story.
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comment What narrative purpose does the Flood story fulfill?
Yeah, that makes sense. But God also saves the wicked and saves the just at Passover, and at Soddom and Gomorrah. These also feature a uniquely Biblical God with the power and confidence to snuff out humans with a snap of his finger. In comparison the deluge is God: the awkward teenage years where he sends a flood, then afterward says, "Wow, that sucked. Let's never do it again." And more to the point of my question, the myth originally told how unjust the gods were – I'd trust the Biblical authors to steer clear of it unless it told a message which couldn't be told any other way.
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