Given that much of the Epic of Gilgamesh
has found its way into the Hebrew Book of Genesis
in a somewhat garbled form…
Why, we may wonder, is the flood story re-told almost word for word?
We say ‘almost’ because there are some intriguing discrepancies.
Unlike Utnapishtim, Noah is in no sense regarded as immortal.
The rainbow, as a necklace and love gift of Sky to Earth,
is infinitely preferable to the covenant
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