By Hannan Koudmani
Translated By me (Tareq Neman)
Tsunami earthquake; (the disaster) that struck Japan will remain the most terrifying. It is the fury of nature. Volcanoes, earthquakes and floods erupt ……..and people erupt too…. These eruptions, or let us say revolutions, don’t show forgiveness. They can’t distinguish between poor and rich people, or between male and female, neither between countries. This tsunami reminds us of the story of Noah’s flood; the flood that killed everyone but Noah and his family!!!! The arch that Noah used to survive from the flood docked on top of Mount Ararat and was followed by a great rainbow, which told everyone on the arch that the flood wouldn’t repeat itself. Some Babylonian script, ‘The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh’, describes the story of another flood before Noah’s one. An old epic consisting of 300 quatrains was written on 12 bricks. It was discovered at the end of the 19th century before discovering the Chaldean civilization. This epic tells us about the legendary King Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh narrated a story of a flood; this story is so similar to the story in the Torah. During the exploratory excavation that took place in 1850, English scientists discovered 14 bricks tied together and another 20000 bricks in very good condition. Those bricks were kept in the Library of Nineveh, one of the famous libraries of the ancient world. (In the 7th century BC, King Assyria had built the library near the Tigris River) Scientists moved the bricks to their country because they couldn’t read what was written on them until the year 1900, when the whole world knew about the story of Gilgamesh, which had been written in the Acadian language; the language of politics at the time when Assyria Bnibaal ruled. The plot of the story had been written when Hammurabi, King of Babylon ruled. A short time after discovering the 14 bricks, they discovered another version of the flood story on the shore of the Euphrates. Many other discoveries proved that the Epic of Gilgamesh is an important heritage of all ancient eastern people. One brick out of soil solved the puzzle and became the key to understanding the original Gilgamesh Epic. The whole world acknowledges that the first inhabitants were the Sumerians, who invaded Aure where they built up their civilization. According to the cuneiform writing on the 11th brick in Nineveh Library, Gilgamesh the King intended to assure his mortality, so he started a long trip. During his trip he met with the former king Ootnascithim, who wished him a great trip and that he could discover the secret of eternal life. When Gilgamesh reached the island where Ootnascithim lived, he asked Ootnascithim to tell him the secret of life. Ootnascithim said that he used to live in Shuruppak. He was praying a lot and worarchping Ea the God.
So when the god decided to send the flood over the world, he warned Ootnascithim and said: “Man of Shuruppak, son of Oobertoto; destroy your house and build a arch, leave everything and walk towards life. Disgrace what you have and save yourself. Bring a couple of each kind of creature; -male and female- and take them with you on the arch.” All of us know the rest of the story. Ootnascithim built the arch and prepared a huge feast, where he offered the engineers of the arch a lot of drinks, especially wine and food. The flood continued for six days; the storms destroyed the earth and the epic said that humans transformed into dust. On brick 11, verse 134, we can read: “All humans transformed into freaks and dust, while lands have become flat.” The Torah, 7:21, says: “Everything on earth has died.” It is worth mentioning that brick 134 of the Gilgamesh Epic was written by an eye witness who saw the damages that were done to the earth, so the description is very specific. The question is how the eyewitness could have seen such events and stayed alive. Ootnascithim described the great adversity, which hit the Persian Gulf and led the huge waves from the ocean to the lands around it. This shows that Ootnascithim told Gilgamesh what happened after the flood, not during the flood, as he said for example: “I opened the window; a flood of sunshine hit my face; The arch docked on Mount Nisir; Mount Nisir held the arch in its place.” While the Torah said: “And after 40 days Noah opened the window of the arch that he manufactured. The arch docked on Mount Ararat on 17/7.” The Babylon cuneiform script identifies the real place of Mount Nisir as being located between the Tigris River and the lower reaches of the Zap River. It was said that the house of Ootnascithim was in Shuruppak, which is the same place that separates the Tigris from the Euphrates. The scientists started to look for the arch on Mount Ararat in the east of Turkey, next to the Russian- Iranian borders. In the last century, many missions were made to look for this arch but the efforts were in vain; they couldn’t find it. No evidence can support the alleged Torah story of the flood as the story of Gilgamesh does. As a result of discoveries in Auer, we can notice that the Epic of the Fertile Crescent entailed a well-known disaster caused by a flood 4000 years ago. The only question that the modern researcher hasn’t been able to answer till now is: are the Babylonian, Chaldean, Sumerian and Canaanite flood the same floods that are mentioned in the Torah?