Ancient Stories of the Flood

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Stories of a primeval flood exist in all parts of the world, virtually every branch of the human race has traditions of a Great Flood that destroyed all of mankind, except one family. The closest parallel to the Biblical story of the flood occurs in the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, our fullest version of which is furnished by an Akkadian recension prepared, in the seventh century B.C. for the great library of King Ashurbanipal …

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…now an Actual layer of Mud, evidently deposited by the flood, has been found in three separate places: Ur which was twelve miles from the traditional site of the Garden of Eden; at Fara, the traditional home of Noah, sixty miles further up the river; and at Kish, a suburb of Babylon, one hundred miles still further up the river; and possibly, at a fourth place, Nineveh, three hundred miles still further up the river.