Talk:Utnapishtim

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Article on Utnapishtim exsisted on many langauges of Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica. This article sould be expand with additional information of caracter. Thanks.

Correction of Inaccuracy and Call for Further Edits[edit]

I corrected an inaccuracy in the Role section. According to standard english language translations of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh does not set out to ask Utnapishtim about the plant of youth renewal but to gain the secret of eternal life. Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh about the plant as a separate boon.

Also, there is dispute among Assyrologists whether the story of the flood in that part of the Epic is of Sumerian or even pre-Sumerian origin or is part of subsequent Arkaddian mythology, added to the epic by Arkaddian scribes. Someone who knows Assyrology should write a section on that. 69.158.84.190 (talk) 18:26, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Bible[edit]

I would like to edit the sentence which claims that the Gilgamesh story inspired the biblical story of Noah's Ark. There is no evidence for this, and the biblical story could as much inspire the story on Gilgamesh and Utnapishtim. An interesting matter is that apart from preserving life both Noah and Utnapishtim were given a different form of eternal life; Utnapishtim an earthly lengthened life while Noah a spiritual eternal life in the form of 'salvation' as opposed to the rest of 'evil' mankind who were unceremoniously destroyed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.22.190.81 (talk) 13:48, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

The Bible influencing Mesopotamian mythology would go against chronology and the common direction of cultural influences during that era. The Biblical account of Noah may not have been specifically influenced by Utnapishtim, but it was almost certainly influenced by common Flood narratives, of which Utnapishtim is one of the earliest attested examples... AnonMoos (talk) 17:00, 2 December 2014 (UTC)