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. The Atrahasis Epic, the Genesis Flood and Capital Punishment, Bible and Spade 8 []: Genesis and Ancient Near Eastern Stories of.

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Great Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology: The Atra-Hasis Epic

She made use of a reed, opened it to cut the umbilical cord, Called up the wise and knowledgeable Womb goddesses, seven and seven. Thank you for your time and patience. Saying every single one of us gods Declared war We have put a stop to the digging.

When the Tenth month came, She slipped in a staff and opened the womb. This page was last edited on 15 Atfahasisat 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 the earth. They listened to the speech of hers, And were freed from anxiety, and kissed her feet: Tiring of the incessant noise, Enlil sends, plague, famineand drought at formulaic intervals of years to reduce the population.

They did not revere their god, they did not pray to their goddess, But searched out the door of Namtara, Brought a baked loaf into his presence The flour offerings atraahasis him.


The Epic of Atraḥasis

Reed wall, pay attention to all my words! In tablet III iv, lines the words “river” and “riverbank” are used, which probably mean the Euphrates River, because Atrahasis is atraahsis in WB as a ruler of Shuruppak which was on the Euphrates River.

Flee the house, build eepic boat, forsake possessions, and save life. An Introduction, Parts 3 and 4, Bible and Spade 9 []: It contains both a creation myth, explaining how the gods created humankind and an early flood account which was later incorporated into the Epic of Gilgamesh and is also thought to have influenced the biblical flood story.

Our work is too hard, the trouble too much, So every single one of us gods Has agreed to complain to Ellil! The other gods, too, go hungry and thirsty, ateahasis, “like sheep, they could only fill their windpipes with bleating. I would like to provide a response, although it will be somewhat brief and I cannot deal thoroughly with all of your erroneous arguments. He could not sit, could not crouch, for his heart was broken and he was vomiting gall.

Your father Anu, your counselor warrior Ellil, Your chamberlain Ninurta and your canal controller Ennugi Have sent me to say, Who is in charge of the rabble?

I have found the following statements helpful, taken from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy: These lists also make no mention of Atrahasis under any name. I utterly detest religion in any form because of this, in fact I believe that religion is only good for culling the numbers of humans 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. Recommended Resources for Further Study.


Originally about 1, cuneiform lines on three clay tablets, we have only pieces today.

Off they went, one and all, to the gate of the warrior Enlil’s abode. He addressed the great gods. Who ran to the door of Ellil?

The bolt which bars the sea Was assigned to far-sighted Enki. May he be shamed by the presents And wipe away his hand.

Enki denies breaking his oath and argues: Well-known in antiquity is the Atra-Hasis Epic. Let man assume the drudgery of the god.

The story continued to be copied into the first millennium B. The darkness was dense, the sun was gone, Let us mix fight with battle!

They heaped up all the mountains. According to Atrahasis III ii.

The Epic of Atraḥasis – Livius

Enlil sent various disasters to diminish humankind, but Enki persistently foiled his plans. Our work is too hard, the trouble too much! So that he may bear the yoke, the work of Ellil, Let man bear the load of the gods!