The Great Flood in Literature

A special series, examining the significance of Great Flood accounts in three different works of ancient literature.

Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

When an ordinary guy with no religious background, reads Genesis, he uses his ordinary reading habits to help him figure out what the story is all about. Today, he looks for the connecting thread.
Joe Schmoe, Meet the Bible

Joe Schmoe, Meet the Bible

Any careful reader, even an unbeliever, can discern the literal meaning of Scripture. Today we meet Joe Schmoe, ordinary guy, and introduce him to the Bible.
Digging for Treasure in the Bible

Digging for Treasure in the Bible

As we return to our series comparing accounts of the Great Flood, we need to recognize that Sacred Scripture hides its greatest truths from profane eyes.
Great Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus

Great Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus

Drawing from the same fund of mythology, different poets can tell very different stories, as we've seen when examining accounts of the Great Flood in both Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Metamorphoses 3: Change Is the Only Constant

Metamorphoses 3: Change Is the Only Constant

Metamorphoses is a poem about the inevitability of change; the story of the Great Flood in Book I suggests that humans, like stone, are built to withstand constant change.
Metamorphoses 2: The Flood Story in Detail

Metamorphoses 2: The Flood Story in Detail

Looking at the immediate context in which Ovid's flood story occurs, we see that, above the will of the gods, a higher destiny seems to be at work to preserve humankind.
Metamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

Metamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

Ovid's Metamorphoses emphasize the eternal theme of love amid the constant upheavals of history. In this context, he tells the story of the Great Flood.
Gilgamesh 4: Can the Epic Still Speak to Us?

Gilgamesh 4: Can the Epic Still Speak to Us?

Primative as the Epic of Gilgamesh may seem to us today, the rich and powerful still are tempted to grasp at godlike immortality -- at the risk of losing their humanity.
Gilgamesh 3: What Does the Flood Teach Us?

Gilgamesh 3: What Does the Flood Teach Us?

When we look at the flood account in the Epic of Gilgamesh carefully, we see that it is a warning against grasping at immortality. Living forever is not all it is cracked up to be.
Gilgamesh 2: A Story within a Story

Gilgamesh 2: A Story within a Story

The story of the Great Flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh is a tale within a tale, a man who was given immortality dissuading another from seeking the same.
Gilgamesh 1: Context of the Flood Story

Gilgamesh 1: Context of the Flood Story

To read such as the Epic of Gilgamesh with understanding, we start by considering what kind of literary work it is: Rhetorical context.
Ancient Accounts of the Great Flood

Ancient Accounts of the Great Flood

A recent movie reminded me that there are many ancient myths about the Great Flood, and each one communicates a different vision of man and his place in the cosmos.

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