Have any of you read the Atrahasis Epic? It's the Babylonian/Akkadian version of the Great Flood. I found it had striking similarities with the Flood Account in Genesis!! (Read it if you have not already... it's also funny – or petty – because the gods wrought on the flood because the humans are loud and disrupt their sleep). Not only is there the obvious great flood, but the hero (Noah & Atrahasis) of the story and their families are told to build an ark and collect two animals of each kind. And both Atrahasis and Noah offer a sacrifice once the flood recedes.

Now I know that there are other ancient Flood Stories out there as well, i.e. Enuma Elish and the 11th Tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic. I'm compiling a list of their similarities, but do any of you know the Atrahasis, Genesis, and Gilgamesh stories well enough to know their differences? My aim is to have a venn diagram of these three flood stories to teach a class, but I'm not so familiar with Gilgamesh's Flood version. Or it seems to me that there would already be a venn diagram comparing/contrasting these three flood stories online, but I have not had such luck locating one. Can you help me out with that?

I think once I can see all their traits on one chart, I can began to see the divine (and different) purpose that the Genesis flood serves that the others do not.


closed as too broad by curiousdannii, Lee Woofenden, Flimzy, Andrew, Nathaniel Jul 21 '16 at 22:08

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.