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Great Flood

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== Flood accounts ==
Peoples around One of strong pieces of evidence in support of a worldwide flood are the many stories that exist amongst people groups all over the world record . These stories describe a world-destroying '''flood''' in their oral or written histories, which is very unusual to have this type of similarity. Dr. [[John Morris]] wrote regarding the existence historicity of a past worldwide the biblical flood the following: "{{cquote|One of the strongest evidences for the global flood which annihilated all people on [[Earth]] except for [[Noah]] and his family, has been the ubiquitous presence of flood legends in the folklore of people groups from around the world. And the stories are all so similar."<ref></ref>}}
=== Gilgamesh Epic ===
The best known of the flood accounts is, firstly, the biblical account in [[Genesis]], and secondly, the one found in the [[Gilgamesh Epic]]. Both are written accounts. The Genesis account is the most detailed of any of the accounts, and the one against which others are usually compared. It has also been studied the most, with a number of terms used in reference to it, including ''the Flood'', ''Noah's Flood'', ''the Deluge'', ''the Great Flood'', and ''the Noahic flood''.
The terms ''pre-diluvian'' and ''post-diluvian'' refer to the times prior to and following the flood event, respectively.
A table comparing specific details in a number of different flood accounts can be found [ here].
=== Gilgamesh Epic ===
The council of the gods decided to destroy mankind with a flood, but Utnapishtim was warned by the god who had made man, Ea, to build a boat to take all living beings. The length, width, and height were each 120 cubits (about 180 feet). It had seven stories.
Dr. Jonathan Sarfati comments on the Gilgamesh Epic:
:{{cquote|It is common to make legends out of historical events, but not history from legends. ... For instance, in Genesis, God’s judgment is just, he is patient with mankind for 120 years (Genesis 6:3), shows mercy to Noah, and is sovereign. Conversely, the gods in the Gilgamesh Epic are capricious and squabbling, cower at the Flood and are famished without humans to feed them sacrifices. That is, the human writers of the Gilgamesh Epic rewrote the true account, and made their gods in their own image.<ref Name="JS_GE" />}}
=== Common Themes in Flood Accounts ===