There are two Great Flood legends: one in the Bible involving Noah, and one in Sumerian mythology. Multiple civilizations and cultures have a flood legend, so does that add historical credence to the possibility that a flood did happen, or is it just plain old legend plagiarism?

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    Please share your Reason for your downvotes – Napoleonothecake Oct 28 '11 at 6:05
  • This is again a simple question you could have answered by simply looking up the issue on Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilgamesh_flood_myth – Lennart Regebro Oct 28 '11 at 7:08
  • how does the wiki answer who borrowed who's legend about the bible or the second question of historical credence my comparison is not addressed at all neither is the question of credence – Napoleonothecake Oct 28 '11 at 7:17
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because not history. – Samuel Russell May 16 '15 at 2:18
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    Many scientists now believe that the Black Sea basin flooded shortly before the beginning of recorded history, and subsequent to the last Ice Age. If correct this could easily have given rise to flood legends in the Middle East. – Pieter Geerkens May 16 '15 at 4:23

The story of Utnapishtim is adapted from the story about Atrahasis, which in turn is probably adapted from the earlier Babylonian flood myths. The same goes for the story in the bible. So to answer your question: Yes, it's "legendary plagiarism".

As to your original question, as these Babylonian flood myths are at least one thousand years older than the Biblical one, it is pretty obvious who copied from whom.

There is no doubt that a flood did happen. Floods happen all the time. There is no single shred of evidence that a global or biblical flood ever happened, and there most assuredly has never been any big flood created by a god to kill all of mankind except a few, with these few surviving because they were forewarned and built a boat. That is a children's story created not to be believed as fact, but to convey a moral.

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