These texts can be used to reconstruct the lost parts of the Epic of Atraḥasis, while the overall structure is, of course, known from the Bible. The Babylonian Epic of Atrahasis, written no later than. B.C.E., is an ancient Primeval History of Man which relates the story of man from the events that. ATRAHASIS. TABLET .. They took a message [from Atrahasis to the gods]. In front of .. related phrases in the Epic of Creation and Anzu (see note 23 to Anzu) .

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The Tablet of the Covenant is based upon the Babylonian epic of Atrahasis. ( Ziusudra in Sumerian). It is a tale of the early days of earth, when mankind was. When the gods instead of man. Did the work, bore the loads, The gods' load was too great, The work too hard, the trouble too much, The great Anunnaki made. Atra-Hasis is the title of an 18th-century BC Akkadian epic recorded in various versions on clay tablets. It is named for its protagonist, Atrahasis, whose name means "exceedingly .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.

Tablet II begins with more overpopulation of humans and the god Enlil sending first famine and drought at formulaic intervals of years to reduce the population.

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In this epic Enlil is depicted as a cruel, capricious god while Enki is depicted as a kind, helpful god, perhaps because priests of Enki were writing and copying the story. Tablet II is mostly damaged, but ends with Enlil's decision to destroy humankind with a flood and Enki bound by an oath to keep the plan secret.

This is the part that was adapted in tablet XI of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Atrahasis boards the boat with his family and animals and seals the door. The storm and flood begin. Even the gods are afraid. In tablet III iv, lines the words "river" and "riverbank" are used, which probably mean the Euphrates River, because Atrahasis is listed in WB as a ruler of Shuruppak which was on the Euphrates River.

After seven days the flood ends and Atrahasis offers sacrifices to the gods.

Enlil is furious with Enki for violating his oath. Lineages of Atrahasis[ edit ] In later versions of the flood story, contained in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Sumerian Flood Story , the hero is not named Atrahasis.

In Gilgamesh, the name of the flood hero is Utnapishtim , who is said to be the son of Ubara-Tutu , king of Shuruppak. O man of Shuruppak, son of Ubara-Tutu.

The Atrahasis Epic: The Great Flood & the Meaning of Suffering

These lists imply a belief that the flood story took place after or during the rule of Ubara-Tutu. These lists also make no mention of Ziusudra, Atrahasis, or Utnapishtim. We have set Now, everyone of us gods has resolved on a reckoning with Enlil.

Their forced labor was heavy, their misery too much! There is Belet-ili, the midwife, is present.

Let him bear the yoke! Let man assume the drudgery of the god.

He it is that cleanses all, let him provide me the clay so I can do the making. Let one god be slaughtered, then let the gods be cleansed by immersion.

Let that same god and man be thoroughly mixed in the clay. Let us hear the drum for the rest of the time.

The Creation of Man On the first, seventh, and fifteenth days of the month,note[Auspicious days. They slaughtered Aw-ilu, who had the inspiration, in their assembly.

The Epic of Atraḥasis

That same god and man were thoroughly mixed in the clay. For the rest of the time they would hear the drum.The Mesopotamian flood accounts and the Genesis account of Noah were examined to decipher correlations and differences and further examined to see how these accounts fit into An- cient Near Eastern literary history. Enlil is furious with Enki for violating his oath.

Utpanishtim built the barge in seven days and loaded it with his gold and silver, his family, his animals, wild beasts and the craftspeople that built the barge Tablet XI, col.

For the rest of the time they would hear the drum.


These lines share a common theme, the hunger and thirst of the gods during the flood. I have undone the fetter and granted freedom.

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