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The widespread nature of flood traditions throughout the entire human race is excellent evidence for the existence of a great flood from a legal/historical point of view.
However, the probability exists that the Biblical account had been preserved either as an oral tradition, or in written form handed down from Noah, through the patriarchs and eventually to Moses, thereby making it actually older than the Sumerian accounts which were restatements (with alterations) to the original.
Even though many similarities exist between the two accounts, there still are serious differences.
The table below presents a comparison of the main aspects of the two accounts of the flood as presented in the Book of Genesis and in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
While there are differences between the original Sumerian and later Babylonian and Assyrian flood accounts, many of the similarities are strikingly close to the Genesis flood account.
It was also the first discovered, making it the most studied of the early flood accounts.
The meanings of the names of the heroes, however, have absolutely no common root or connection.After one fight, this nemesis—Enkidu—became best friends with Gilgamesh.The two set off to win fame by going on many dangerous adventures in which Enkidu is eventually killed.Utnapishtim released birds to find land, and the ship landed upon a mountain after the flood.The story then ends with tales of Enkidu's visit to the underworld.