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Sumerian Flood Tablet - Original Noah's Ark Tale

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  • Jason Martell
    The Flood Tablet, relating part of the Epic of Gilgamesh Translation of artifacts provided
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      The Flood Tablet, relating part of the Epic of Gilgamesh
      <http://www.xfacts.com/iraq2003/flood_tablet_files/ps208041.jpe>

      Translation of artifacts provided courtesy of:
      The British Museum 2003


      <http://www.xfacts.com/iraq2003/1.html>
      Sumerian Flood Tablet
      tells original story
      <http://www.xfacts.com/iraq2003/2.html>
      The winged disc representing the sun god

      <http://www.xfacts.com/iraq2003/3.html>
      The last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire
      <http://www.xfacts.com/iraq2003/4.html>
      Cuneiform tablet with observations of Venus

      <http://www.xfacts.com/iraq2003/5.html>
      Map of the world
      from Mesopotamian
      <http://www.xfacts.com/iraq2003/6.html>
      Tablet telling the
      Epic of Creation


      MORE ARTICLES:

      VIDEO - THE <http://www.xfacts.com/updates/sumerian_flood.ram> FLOOD TABLET
      (real player format)

      Sumerian Artifacts <http://xfacts.com/ancient> Collection

      Sumerian Culture and <http://xfacts.com/sumerian_culture.html> the Anunnaki

      Sumerian Figurines - Helpers of <http://xfacts.com/eyes.htm> the Anunnaki

      Sumerian Culture and <http://xfacts.com/x2.htm> Nibiru

      The work of Zecharia <http://www.mars-earth.com/sitchin.htm> Sitchin

      A few more <http://xfacts.com/sumerian.html> Artifacts...




      The Flood Tablet, relating part of the Epic of Gilgamesh

      Neo-Assyrian, 7th century BC
      From Nineveh, northern Iraq


      The most famous cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia


      The Assyrian King Ashurbanipal (reigned 669-631 BC) collected a library of
      thousands of cuneiform tablets in his palace at Nineveh. They recorded
      myths, legends and scientific information. Among them was the story of the
      adventures of Gilgamesh, a legendary ruler of Uruk, and his search for
      immortality. The Epic of Gilgamesh is a huge work, the longest literary work
      in Akkadian (the language of Babylonia and Assyria). It was widely known,
      with versions also found at Hattusas, capital of the Hittites, and Megiddo
      in the Levant.


      This, the eleventh tablet of the epic, describes the meeting of Gilgamesh
      with Utnapishtim. Like Noah in the Hebrew Bible, Utnapishtim had been
      forewarned of a plan by the gods to send a great flood. He built a boat and
      loaded it with everything he could find. Utnapishtim survived the flood for
      six days while mankind was destroyed, before landing on a mountain called
      Nimush. He released a dove and a swallow but they did not find dry land to
      rest on, and returned. Finally a raven that he released did not return,
      showing that the waters must have receded.


      This Assyrian version of the Old Testament flood story was identified in
      1872 by George Smith, an assistant in The British Museum. On reading the
      text he


      ... jumped up and rushed about the room in a great state of excitement, and,
      to the astonishment of those present, began to undress himself.'


      Length: 15.24 cm
      Width: 13.33 cm
      Thickness: 3.17 cm


      Excavated by A.H. Layard


      S. Dalley, Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh and others
      (Oxford University Press, 1991)


      T.C. Mitchell, The Bible in the British Museum: interpreting the evidence
      (London, The British Museum Press, 1988), p. 70, no. 33


      H. McCall, Mesopotamian myths (London, The British Museum Press, 1990), pp.
      38-52


































































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