Pete Enns examines the Genesis flood story in light of the ancient Mesopotamian flood accounts in this short series. He highlights certain elements—the Noah figure, the animals, the large boat and a devastating flood—which they share in common. Then, Enns focuses on theological statements made by the Genesis text that differ greatly from the other two narratives. He also reminds believers that a theological statement made in the Bible is not necessarily dependent on its historicity.
  • Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood

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    Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood | Pete Enns

    The biblical flood story (Genesis 6-9) has taken a beating since geologists realized that a literal submersion of the entire earth in water is contradicted by clear scientific evidenc... Read More >

    Basics PART 1 of 3
  • Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 2

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    Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 2 | Pete Enns

    Perhaps what is most distinct about the Genesis story is the reason given for the flood. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 3
  • Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 3

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    Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 3 | Pete Enns

    To interpret the Genesis flood as a complete global catastrophe is a modern imposition onto an ancient story. Ancients simply did not think of the earth in that way. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 3 of 3