The Seed To Crush Must Survive From Eve
Without going completely around the world (there are also Hindu, Greek, and African and Meso-American flood
myths, most being utterly unbelievable and impossible to take on board as factual events) we will, with respect and, as a resistance to going too much off track, concentrate on just one myth, the one that carries the most famous challenge to the Flood account
The Epic of Gilgamesh, carved in clay tablets, is a remarkable discovery and one that has even prompted the atheist Richard Dawkins to write a book on. Interesting that he will delve into anything,
even something that is not science, in order to try and outwit the Bible. He fails by the way.
First let us remember that mythology is always based on actual events. If you read through all the information about Gilgamesh
you can only conclude that it is all myth. Some of the stuff appears to be quite ridiculous. Sometimes Gilgamesh is referred to as Bilgamesh or Lzdubar. And sometimes you find that scholars end up arguing not about if a Flood took place but about which one
One point that is raised is that the cuneiform system of writing, which is done upon clay tablets by a blunt reed to create a kind of wedged shaped pictorial mark, is so old and almost certainly the first ever
inscribed system that could be classed as actual writing, is also therefore older than any writing found from biblical sources. And this is true.
However, the fact that the Gilgamesh Epic is older than verses from Genesis
does not mean that Genesis is copied from Babylonian myths. And we must keep in mind that the stories we have found from Babylon have a very high fairy-tale content, comprising many different gods with human attitudes and tales that spin with a quite absurd
direction. The inscriptions are also primed as poems, not historical facts. It is interesting too that the Gilgamesh flood story, which is at pains to copy the Noah Flood point by point, ends up with an Ark that would sink like a stone.
which story is the older one?
Most scholars actually date the Mesopotamia clay tablets at around the 15th-18th Century BC. The oldest dating is perhaps 2000BC; older dates are tinged with speculation.
The Books of Genesis and Job were written, in the form we can identify today, at around 1400BC but we must consider that an early form of proto-Hebrew script is dated older, as evident from discoveries from the Sinai Peninsula. Other Old Testament books were
written much later than the era we are examining here.
If we take the Babylonian fragments to date between 2000BC or even 2900BC against biblical records dating at best to 1400BC then there is no contest. The Noah Flood
is just a copy of the Gilgamesh Epic. This assumption though would be in error to a high degree, as we would be completely bypassing one of the strongest Jewish strengths, that of oral traditions and the passing down of information. No culture is better at
doing this and the detailed oral methods used by the Jews has served to relay much information of the early days of humanity. We know for sure that this almost supernatural ability has been used by the Jewish peoples for at least maybe 3,500 years because
of evidence we already have. There is no logical reason then, to assume that this oral tradition does not work further back in time. The odds are in fact very good that the oral traditions, which gave rise to Genesis, go back far beyond even the most extreme
dates imagined for Gilgamesh. Clearly any dispute against such a premise as this would be quite a feeble argument.
We can ascertain that Scripture was either documented somehow or given through oral teachings at least to
the same time periods as the dating of the Gilgamesh tablets. This is because of some of the names used in biblical reference. Without going through them all, we can cite the names of Abraham’s father and brother as highlighting the distant years in
question. Terah and Nahor were common names from the times around 2100BC but faded out of use afterwards. In Genesis 12 we read that Abraham (Abram at the time) left the city of Haran with his wife and nephew. Haran was lost from existence by 1800BC. There
are five cities from biblical records that have all been found by archaeologists all that date to beyond 2100BC.
Further independent research will help conclude that (a) Scripture reaches way back into the distant past,
way beyond Gilgamesh and that (b) Mesopotamian flood stories are awfully sallow versions of what we find from the sane details of biblical text. And further, the poems of the Epic are even more muddied by the involvement of various mythical Sumerian idols
and gods. It is only the Bible that claims all of Scripture comes from God and that there is no human revelation. Only the Bible makes coherent sense. Only the Bible is consistent, without blemish, is perfect and inerrant and portrays His-Story, the story
of history from God’s Perspective.
It is only in Genesis where we can truly seek to continue the journey of ‘The Seed’. It is only in Genesis where we find the truth to cover an epoch: -
are needed for life, water and sunlight. When they meet you get a rainbow.