These texts can be used to reconstruct the lost parts of the Epic of Atraḥasis, while the overall structure is, of course, known from the Bible. The Babylonian Epic of Atrahasis, written no later than. B.C.E., is an ancient Primeval History of Man which relates the story of man from the events that. ATRAHASIS. TABLET .. They took a message [from Atrahasis to the gods]. In front of .. related phrases in the Epic of Creation and Anzu (see note 23 to Anzu) .

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The Tablet of the Covenant is based upon the Babylonian epic of Atrahasis. ( Ziusudra in Sumerian). It is a tale of the early days of earth, when mankind was. When the gods instead of man. Did the work, bore the loads, The gods' load was too great, The work too hard, the trouble too much, The great Anunnaki made. Atra-Hasis is the title of an 18th-century BC Akkadian epic recorded in various versions on clay tablets. It is named for its protagonist, Atrahasis, whose name means "exceedingly .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.

When the gods, instead of man Did the work, bore the loads The god's load was too great, the work too hard, the trouble too much. The elder gods made the younger gods do all the work on the earth and, after digging the beds for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the young gods finally rebel. Enki , the god of wisdom, suggests the immortals create something new, human beings, who will do the work instead of the gods. The goddess Nintu the mother goddess, also known as Ninhursag adds his flesh, blood and intelligence to clay and creates seven male and seven female human beings. At first the gods enjoy the leisure the human workers afford them but, in time, the people become too loud and disturb the gods's rest. Enlil, the king of the gods, is especially annoyed by the constant disturbance from below and so decides to lessen the population by sending first a drought, then pestilence and then famine down upon the earth. After each of these plagues, the humans appeal to the god who first conceived of them, Enki, and he tells them what to do to end their suffering and return the earth to a natural, productive state. Enlil, finally, can stand no more and persuades the other gods to join him in sending a devastating flood to earth which will completely wipe out the human beings. Enki takes pity on his servant, the kind and wise Atrahasis, and warns him of the coming flood, telling him to build an ark and to seal two of every kind of animal within. Atrahasis does as he is commanded and the deluge begins: The flood came out No one could see anyone else They could not be recognized in the catastrophe The Flood roared like a bull Like a wild ass screaming, the winds howled The darkness was total, there was no sun. The mother goddess, Nintu, weeps for the destruction of her children "she was sated with grief, she longed for beer in vain" and the other gods weep with her.

Following the Cleromancy casting of lots , sky is ruled by Anu, earth by Enlil, and the freshwater sea by Enki. Enlil assigned junior divines [7] to do farm labor and maintain the rivers and canals, but after forty years the lesser gods or dingirs rebelled and refused to do strenuous labor. Instead of punishing the rebels, Enki, who is also the kind, wise counselor of the gods, suggested that humans be created to do the work.

After 10 months, a specially-made womb breaks open and humans are born. Tablet I continues with legends about overpopulation and plagues.

Atrahasis is mentioned at the end of Tablet I. Tablet II begins with more overpopulation of humans and the god Enlil sending first famine and drought at formulaic intervals of years to reduce the population. In this epic Enlil is depicted as a cruel, capricious god while Enki is depicted as a kind, helpful god, perhaps because priests of Enki were writing and copying the story.

Tablet II is mostly damaged, but ends with Enlil's decision to destroy humankind with a flood and Enki bound by an oath to keep the plan secret.

The Epic of Atraḥasis

This is the part that was adapted in tablet XI of the Epic of Gilgamesh. For six days and seven nights the flood took place Tablet XI, col. After waiting seven days after the end of the rain and wind, Utpanishtim left the barge and prepared a sacrifice to the divine assembly.


At first Enlil was angry that all of humani- ty was not destroyed in the flood but in council with Ea and the rest of the divine council decided that Utpanishtim showed great wisdom to defeat the plan to destroy humanity in the flood and, therefore, made Utpanishtim and his wife immortal Tablet XI, col. Utpan- ishtim showed Gilgamesh that he was able to become immortal by his outsmarting the plans of the divine assembly. These parallels caused Hill , to put forward that the three flood accounts demonstrate at minimum a common ancient literary source for the flood stories or even more that they are based on a historical event in Mesopotamian history p.

As to differences one of the most important is in the Genesis account, God allowed many years to pass up to before the flood to allow for humanity to change their wicked ways, whereas in both Atrahasis and Gilgamesh the timing of the flood was at most seven days. The direct action to save Noah in the Genesis account was seen as an important difference in the flood stories by Sarna in his commentary on Genesis p.

The Atrahasis Epic: The Great Flood & the Meaning of Suffering

The Gene- sis flood was for 40 days and 40 nights Gen. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. Along with bolstering the Biblical texts, the comparing of the Bible with ANE texts also allows for more understanding of the cultural back- ground of the Biblical texts given that much of early Biblical history took place in Mesopotamia where Abraham came from and also with the Babylonian exile, important development of Jewish life took place and was developed in Babylon.

Conclusion This paper examined the great flood accounts of Mesopotamia, namely Atrahasis and Gilgamesh in light of their presentation and also in comparison to the Biblical flood story in Genesis.

The Mesopotamian flood accounts and the Genesis account of Noah were examined to decipher correlations and differences and further examined to see how these accounts fit into An- cient Near Eastern literary history. This examination highlighted the similarities and contrasted between the Mesopotamian flood accounts with the Genesis account of Noah to better under- stand the development of Ancient Near Eastern thought and religious practice.

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For the rest of the time they would hear the drum. From the flesh of the god the spirit remained.

It would make the living know its sign. After she had mixed the clay, she summoned the Anunna, the great gods. The Igigi, the great gods, spat upon the clay. You have slaughtered the god, along with his inspiration.

You have bestowed clamor upon mankind. I have released the yoke, I have made restoration. The god Enki, however, sends a dream to Atrahasis. When the text resumes, Enki is still speaking.

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