Skip to comments.Before Noah: Myths of the Flood Are Far Older Than the Bible
Posted on 04/07/2014 1:36:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFindEdited on 04/07/2014 1:41:51 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah dominated the U.S. box office on its opening weekend and won critical acclaim, but not without controversy. The film, based on the biblical story in Genesis of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood, arrived amid a deluge of outrage from religious groups. Some Christians fumed at the film’s straying from biblical Scripture. Meanwhile, a host of Muslim-majority countries banned Noah from screening in theaters because representations of Noah, a prophet of God in the Koran, are considered blasphemous. Such images “provoke the feelings of believers and are forbidden in Islam and a clear violation of Islamic law,” read a fatwa issued by Cairo’s al-Azhar University, one of the foremost institutions of Sunni Islam. Egypt has not banned the film, but Indonesia, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have. “It is important to respect these religions and not show the film,” lectured the main censors of the UAE.
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The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh dates back nearly 5,000 years and is thought to be perhaps the oldest written tale on the planet. In it, there is an account of the great sage Utnapishtim, who is warned of an imminent flood to be unleashed by wrathful gods. He builds a vast circular-shaped boat, reinforced with tar and pitch, that carries his relatives, grains and animals. After enduring days of storms, Utnapishtim, like Noah in Genesis, releases a bird in search of dry land.
IMPLICATION: The story of Genesis BORROWED from Gilgamesh.
Two flood stories.
Okay. So, that makes one of them untrue?
1) Doesn’t this back up the story of Noah as historically accurate and not a myth at all?
2) The director of the movie Noah is an atheist? Figures...
I think anyone that actually understands the bible knows that the stories in Genesis predate the book itself by many, many years.
I also see the stories of a great flood in other cultures as supporting evidence of the truth of the great flood story.
“IMPLICATION: The story of Genesis BORROWED from Gilgamesh.”
Or “IMPLICATION: The story of Genesis shares a common source as Gilgamesh, which is consistent with the geographical record of a flood effectively destroying Mesopotamia, which more-or-less encompassed “the entire human world” back then, and consistent with the Torah.
it doesn’t. all the flood stories are passed down from the REAL flood event described in the bible.
Don’t you just love the way that “Time” lumps complaints from Christians with “I kill you where you stand” threats from Muslims and outright “bans” of screenings in Muslim countries?
Last night I was dreaming of Mount Everest. Turned out I had to get up and take a dump.
There’s been interesting speculation about the flood stories being related the influx of water from the Mediterranean through the Bosporus into the Black Sea at the end of the last ice age, inundating many cities along the Black Sea’s shores. People have also speculated the Atlantis legend may have been related to the same events.
Anyway, there are so many flood stories in the region, there must have been a major major flood. Why not?
Christians and Muslims - but no mention of the Jewish... Hmmm...
Ditto. But I also think many Christians don’t truly understand that.
RE: Two flood stories.
Okay. So, that makes one of them untrue?
Or it makes both not exactly true in their details.
Or one is true the other less true.
Or both are false.
Noah’s just another chance to kick God. Every Secular Humanist can’t wait to “critique” the story.
I've been trying for almost fifteen years on this forum to disabuse people, but the message never gets over for some reason.
Nearly all the bible has been borrowed from previous cultures. That should be no surprise to anyone.
Anything to discount the Bible or marginalize it.
I hear this crap at least once a month from the people struggling with their relationship with God, The Creator.
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