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Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:06 PM

24. Interestingly, the original Noah was more intelligent

Scholars believe the Hebrew version was derived from an earlier Sumerian version. Abraham was born in modern-day Iraq and his tribe carried the story with them when he journeyed to other lands. Utanapishtim tells a similar Noah story of a great flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh. Clearly, it makes so much more sense that a flood story would come from the delta area of The Tigris-Euphrates. The deluge was a huge local flood. Utanapishtim is said to have constructed a ship that looked much like an ark -- he specified the dimensions as did Noah -- and filled it with the SEEDS of every animal and plant. He also took craftsmen. I have to say as a story of an ancient event, this version seems more of a fanciful re-telling of a real event than the OT version which just seems a fairy tale. It reminds me of basic science fiction stories like Battlestar Galactica.

I would say Utanapishtim (known as the world's oldest man to the Sumerians) was not quite as dumb as later narratives of his story suggest. I think like all Biblical stories, much of the literal truth has long since fled leaving behind only the tantalizing shadows, no? You may be right that they are made up fables, but I wonder if those haven't been tacked on to real life-dramas of the day? I am mostly interested in discovering the kernels of historical truth. If they exist.

For some faith is enough. For me, there has to be evidence. Sorry for bending your ear. I love mythology discussions.

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