Atra-Hasis, also spelled Atrahasis, is an eighteenth century B.C.E. Akkadian epic, named after its human hero. It contains both a creation myth. 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. ‘Atrahasis’ is an epic narrative from ancient Mesopotamia. In this lesson, we’ll discuss the plot and themes of the story as well as the connection.
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A Christian apologetics ministry dedicated to demonstrating the historical reliability of the Bible through archaeological and biblical research. Excerpt The Bible is not the only ancient record of Creation and the Flood. Well-known in antiquity is the Atra-Hasis Epic. Dating from the 17th century BC Our Ministry relies on the generosity of people like you. Every small donation helps us develop and publish great articles.
This article was first published in the Winter issue of Bible and Spade. The Bible is not the oc ancient record of Creation and the Flood.
The Epic of Atraḥasis – Livius
Dating from the 17th century BC, fragmentary copies of the Epic have been excavated from numerous Mesopotamian sites. Originally about 1, cuneiform lines on three clay tablets, we have only pieces today.
It speaks of the gods ruling the heavens and earth, making man from the clay mixed with blood to tend the land, and men multiplying on atrahsais earth.
When they became too noisy, a flood was sent to destroy strahasis. Atra-Hasis, given advanced warning, built a boat and loaded it with food, animals and birds. They were saved while the rest of the world perished. The Bible and the Atra-Hasis Epic are recorded from different cultures of the same even. For additional information on the Atra-Hasis Epic: An Introduction, Parts 3 and 4, Bible and Spade 9 : Recommended Resources for Further Study.
Our ministry relies on the generosity of people like you, who make it possible for us to develop and publish great articles. If you enjoyed this article, please consider supporting ABR with a small donation or by becoming a member. The issue of the authorship of Epoc has been atrahasks subject of dispute for at least years. Although we cannot be exhaustive here, i will outline some basic thoughts for your consideration.
We reject the widely accepted notion that Genesis was written by multiple authors during the Babylonian exile, atrahsais century B. There are many reasons to reject this outdated and erroneous thesis.
Events contained in Genesis refer to many specific practices and customs that are unique to that time period. No one in the 6th eipc B. A good article on this subject was published in Bible and Spade”The Eoic and Power of the Biblical Patriarchs”, published in the Winter issue, and available in our bookstore here: Our theory is that Moses was the editor and compiler of Genesis, as the events contained therein obviously predate his life. Current scholarship accepts the notion that the Biblical Flood story was borrowed from other Mesopotamian Flood stories, such as Atra Hasis or the Gilgamesh Epic.
We fo this thesis. After the Flood, the story was passed down through Noah’s descendants, and obviously many elements were changed over time. The Atra Hasis epic is one such version of the original, correct and God-breathed version recorded in Genesis.
We published a series of 4 more technical articles about this subject, found here: ABR Founder, David Livingston published an article about the authorship of Genesis, which can be found here on our website: We want to encourage you that the Bible is not a rehash of Sumerian tales, but inspired by God Himself, and the vehicle of His Revelation to all mankind.
I have found the following statements helpful, taken from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy: Holy Scripture is God’s witness to Himself. Holy Scripture, being God’s own Epkc, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which atrahasks touches: Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God’s acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness atrahasid God’s saving grace in individual lives.
I hope you find this answer helpful in your study and understanding epci God’s Holy Word.
Myth of Atrahasis
I have recently heard that not only biblical history but secular history as well was being “realigned” concerning ancient history, and that this “re-alignment” was bringing biblical dates and timelines into almost exact correspondence with the dates of these written narratives.
My question, then, would be if you have any information about this at all, and if so, would you have any links to provide me with? I am most interested in this matter. Thank you for your time and patience. I have a few theories on all this religious malarkey. I believe that the sumerian literature is the first written texts and they tell all the stories of gods, plagues and floods. I also believe that in the 18th dynasty when Akhenaten Amenhotep IV was pharoah atrahazis decided to take away the powers of the priests ayrahasis saying that Aten was the only god and not Amun or Ra.
Aten, Amun and Ra are all basically the same sun god. Akhenaten decided to build a new capital Amarna to the god Aten. Around that time there was a atrahasls that was probably caused through bad hygene and this affected Amarna.
Akhenaten and his new “cult” fell out of favour partly because of this and the priest wrested power back and the previous order was restored.
Akhenaten’s loyal followers were exiled and Moses a follower led them out and wrote the Torah which became the Jewish bible. Many gods were worshipped at this time and Akhenaten was the first to have a monotheistic belief. I understand that religious people will belittle my theories but at the end of the day it is all about power and greed, which is what humans and most other animals pecking order are.
qtrahasis I utterly detest religion in any form because of this, in fact I believe that religion is only good for culling the numbers of atrahsais as nearly all wars are about ” my god is, your’s isnt” Get rid of God and you get rid of the Devil as you can’t have one without the other. Humans are incredibly conceited creatures who want to deify themselves to elevate their position further. I cannot believe in this day and age of scientific knowledge of cells, amino acids, atoms etc that people still believe in gods.
What was the big bang? Where did it come from?
The Epic of Atraḥasis
No one today knows the answer definitely atahasis to think that there was some atrahasia being that made the whole lot just to populate one tiny little planet out of the whole lot is ludicrous. Sorry, just my opinion. We are humans all together and should live by one ethos. The ten commandments, which have nothing to do with religion, are the only rules we should follow and they can all be narrowed down to one Do not steal; life, possessions, well being etc.
This is just commen sense and even tribes in oc America etc who only worship the seasons etc live by this edict. There’s the rub though. It is because we are human; greedy and lusting power, that we have all this rubbish, just another excuse to steal from and kill each other. For all our intelligence, we are so incredibly stupid. Dear David B re: I would like to provide a response, although it will be somewhat brief and I cannot deal thoroughly with atrahzsis of your erroneous arguments.
The theory that Israelite monotheism began with Eoic is old-hat. There is no proof of this whatsoever. The Patriarchs worshipped Yahweh long before the time of Moses, for whom there is ample evidence: Do you see the contradiction in your argument. You are in effect saying: Then, you say at the end its just your opinion.
Ok, its your opinion, but why is your opinion more valid than anyone else’s?
Besides, our claims on this website are not our opinions, they are proclamations about what God has revealed in the Bible and in His Son, Jesus. The size of the universe vs. His purpose in creating a universe of such great size is, in part, to display his majesty fpic glory to man.
It is a reflection of His immensity and eternality. The argument is erroneous. If the universe is only a random collection of atoms, how can an impersonal structure create obligation? What is common sense in your atheistic universe? Why should we abide by common sense and how epi we know we should abide by it? I quote my own work from another article: Lewis’ biggest gripe ateahasis the idea of God was that the universe seemed so unjust to him.
Lewis, along with many other atheists, reacted violently against the state of elic in the universe. Indeed, he was making a moral judgment about the condition of the world around him. But if God did not exist, and Lewis was just another collection of random particles in the long chain of mindless cause and effect, “…why did I…find myself in such violent reaction against it? Lewis would simply be one minute link in a long chain of causes and effects, and therefore he should accept the universe as it is.
In fact, it would be the only choice possible. Chesterton’s anecdote is a blistering indictment on atheistic evolution: Permit me to reduce you to nothingness and then we will discuss atdahasis matter. You should not look a gift universe in the mouth. An impersonal universe cannot create moral obligation. You are borrowing from the Christian system of belief and atranasis it into your unbelieving framework.
If we are all “so stupid”, what makes you smart enough to know that atheism is fact? I agree with your general assertion that mankind is a mess, but for entirely different reasons.