The QuasiChristian

Critical Thinking and Spiritual Reasoning

Satan Wants You To Know (Message #3)


Construction of Noah's Ark

The Flood

The most significant ancient Near Eastern flood accounts are found in the Atrahasis Epic and the Gilgamesh Epic. In these accounts the chief god, Enil, becomes angry at mankind (the Atrahasis Epic portrays him as disturbed over the “noise” of mankind) and, after trying unsuccessfully to remedy the situation by reducing the population through things like drought and disease, persuades the divine assembly to approve a flood for the total elimination of mankind.

The god Ea manages to forwarn one loyal worshipper, a king who is instructed to build a boat that will preserve not only him and his family, but representatives skilled in the various arts of civilization. The other people of the city are told that the gods are angry with the king and he must leave them.

The pitch-covered boat has seven stories shaped either as a cube or, more likely, a ziggurat. The storm lasts seven days and nights after which the boat comes to rest on Mt. Nisir. Birds are sent out to determine the time of leaving the ark. Sacrifices are made for which the gods are very thankful since they have been deprived of food (sacrifices) since the flood began.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

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October 4, 2010 - Posted by | Education, Satan Wants You To Know | , , , , , ,

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