The Babylonian Flood Story dating to the time of Abraham and found on clay tablets:
There was Anu, lord of firmament, their father, and warrior Enlil
their counselor, Ninurta the helper, and Ennugi watcher over
canals; and with them also was Ea. In those days the world teemed,
the people multiplied, the world bellowed like a wild bull, and the
great god was aroused by the clamor. Enlil heard the clamor and
he said to the gods in council, "The uproar of mankind is
intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reason of the
babel." So the gods in their hearts were moved to let loose the
deluge; but my lord Ea warned me in a dream... build a boat. These
are the measurements of the barque... then take up into the boat the
seed of all living creatures... For six days and six nights the
winds blew, torrent and tempest and flood overwhelmed the world...
on the mountain of Nasir the boat held fast... I loosed a dove and
let her go. She flew away but finding no resting place she
returned. Then I loosed a swallow, and she flew away but finding no
resting place she returned. I loosed a raven, she saw that the
waters had returned, she ate, she flew around, she cawed, and she
did not come back... I made made a sacrifice...
Scholars have long recognized many parallels between this Flood Story and the account in Genesis:
1. In both accounts an individual is warned to build an ark/boat.
2. In both accounts it is mentioned that man had multiplied on the earth.
3. In both accounts the individual is told the dimensions to build the ark/boat.
4. Both accounts have the formula that the rain lasted "____ days and ____ nights".
5. Both accounts have the ark/boat coming to rest on a mountain.
6. Both accounts have birds sent out to find dry land.
7. Both accounts have the ark/boat builder making a sacrifice after exiting his vessel.
This plainly tells us that the Babylonian Flood Story is the Babylonian twisting of the same flood story revealed in Genesis.
There are also many important parallels that have long gone unnoticed between the flood account on these ancient tablets and the flood account in the Book of Enoch which are not found in Genesis.
First of all in the Genesis account the flood occurs because:
"Elohim saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth..."
But in the Babylonian story the flood occurs because:
"Enlil heard the clamour and he said to the gods in council, 'The
uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by
reason of the babel.'"
This is a clear distinction between the two stories. Now in the Book of Enoch the flood occurs because:
"…part of mankind was perishing from the earth,
they cried and their cry went up to heaven."
In both the Babylonian and Enochian accounts a cry from men on earth is heard in the heavens, but this element is absent form the Genesis account.
In the Babylonian account four false gods (Anu, Enlil, Ninurta and Ennugi) who have Ea (Ya/Yah?) with them hear the "clamor" from mankind, Enlil proposes the idea of a flood and gets agreement, but Ea sympathizes with man and warns Utnapishtim (the Babylonian "Noah") to build a boat.
In the Enochian account four angels (Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael) hear the cry of man and then consult with Yahweh who proposes the flood and send Uriel to Noah to warn him to build an ark (1Enoch 9 & 10)
Clearly the Enochian account rather than the Genesis account is the source of this portion of the Babylonian story.
Moreover the Babylonian flood story is part of a much longer work called "The Epic of Gilgimesh" which records the exploits of its hero Gilgimesh in his failed search for eternal life.
Now a previously lost supplement to the Book of Enoch found in only fragmentary form among the Dead Sea Scrolls (called the "Book of Giants") gives the names of some of the giants born to the Fallen angels, among them is a giant named "Gilgamesh".
The Epic of Gilgamesh describes Gilgamesh as part man, part god:
"When the gods created Gilgamesh they gave him a perfect body.
Shamash the glorious sun endowed him with beauty, Adad the god of
the storm endowed him with courage, the great gods made his beauty
perfect, surpassing all others. Two thirds they made him god and
one third man."
In the Book of Enoch one of the fallen angels who fathers the giants is Shimsh'el (Sun of El).
In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh has a companion known as "Enkidu, the wild man" while one of the Enochian fragments mentioning Gilgamesh has an unknown speaker [Enkidu?] say "the wild man they call [me]".
These amazing connections between the Book of Enoch and the clay tablets of the Epic of Gilgamesh point to the great antiquity of the Book of Enoch. The material of this book stretches back long before the first century and provided some of the material that served as the basis for the pagan distortions of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh.
Many scholars regard the Epic of Gilgimesh as the world's oldest book. Yet we today have restored to us a book that is much older still, and was the source for the pagan distortions found in these ancient tablets!
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