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Radu Cosmin SĂVULESCU, The Biblical Flood and Parallel Mesopotamian Myths

Radu Cosmin SĂVULESCU
PhD. Student, Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, West University of Timişoara;
E-mail: savulescuradu@yahoo.com

Abstract
In every religious culture where it appears, the Flood myth implies the destruction of humanity, through the force of the unleashed waters, and its replacement with a new human race. Water is both the environment of the first creation and of its complete destruction followed by a resurrection. The best known version of this myth is represented by the Biblical Flood, a narrative that influenced the understanding of Creation and Re-creation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In this paper we tried to explain the most important aspects of Noah’s story and to show the main similarities and differences between this narrative and the Mesopotamian versions of the Flood myth (Ziusudra, Atrahasis, Gilgamesh).

Keywords
flood, myth, Noah, Israel, Mesopotamia

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