Long before Christianity existed: Creation myths & Great Flood myths

[My Boer NAZI pal who spent much of his life studying Middle Eastern myths told me about what scientists found about these myths. Here are some links to some. The story of Noah and the Ark can be found in a somewhat similar form in much more ancient writings that are at least 1,000 years older than Christianity.

My own research and thinking has led me to believing that the Great flood myths might be the result of some event that actually took place. There is an interesting possible candidate for this in the way the Black Sea was created a long time ago. People used to live on what is now the bottom of the Black Sea.

For the record people used to live on what is now the bottom of the North Sea as well. Jan]

Here are some links:-

Sumerian creation myth – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumerian_creation_myth

Eridu Genesis

Eridu Genesis: a Sumerian text dealing with the subject matter best known from the first chapters of the Bible.

The Eridu Genesis is written on a Sumerian cuneiform tablet of which about two thirds are now lost. The missing parts can be reconstructed from texts like the Sumerian King List and Berossus:

The story of the Creation and Flood has been extremely influential. Among the texts that were inspired by it are the Epic of AtrahasisTablet XI of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgameš, Berossus, the Biblical account of the Deluge, and several Greek and Roman sources, like Ovid.

The translation of the Eridu Genesis offered here is adapted from a translation by Thorkild Jacobson. It starts after a long lacuna, in which the creation of man must have been described.

You can read the rest here: http://www.livius.org/sources/content/oriental-varia/eridu-genesis/?

 

The Great Flood: Sumerian version – You can read it here: http://www.livius.org/articles/misc/great-flood/flood2/

The Great Flood: Eridu Genesis – Tou can read it here: http://www.livius.org/articles/misc/great-flood/flood2-t/

2 thoughts on “Long before Christianity existed: Creation myths & Great Flood myths

  • 2nd February 2018 at 11:55 pm
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    I am curious as to all the ancient texts regarding a great flood, is there a reason given as to “why” the flood is allowed or caused to happen? The Bible gives us a reason in that mankind is continuously evil with the breeding of the fallen angels with humans race and having been corrupted, except for Noah and his family.

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    • 6th June 2018 at 10:31 pm
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      The Sumerian myth of the great flood speaks about 2 gods fighting and one god decided to punish the people of the world.

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