5 Holy Books That Predate The Bible

This is a newly discovered partially broken tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh. The tablet dates back to the old Babylonian period

This is a newly discovered partially broken tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh. The tablet dates back to the old Babylonian period, Credits: Wikimedia

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Story of the Great Flood, the Serpent in the Garden of Eden, and many other Biblical stories are believed to be strongly influenced by this Epic Poem from Mesopotamia. The Epic of Gilgamesh is said to be written circa 2100 BC. It tells the story of King Gilgamesh and Enkidu, a man created by the gods to free Gilgamesh’s people from his oppression. The Epic of Gilgamesh predates Homer’s Odyssey and is believed to have heavily influenced the work.

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  • Sam Watts

    This article relies solely, and loosely, on the writings of non-Christian scholars of the Bible and… Wikipedia? The writer has a good command of the English language and may have written some well-thought-out essays, stories– maybe even a book. But the argument here is not sustained throughout, and the conclusions don’t stand up. If this is typical of the writer’s work, he/she would not stand a chance, for example, in a debate against a knowledgeable Christian scholar of the Bible.

    • Knowledgeable Christian Biblical Scholars would admit that it is not Humanities preeminent literature. It is much younger than many other works of writing. The “Bible” itself was not a book until the Council of Nicaea canonized the texts contained within it and disseminated this as the ‘revealed word of (the Abrahamic) god’.
      Debate is dialectical, try to remember that. Even Ken Ham admits that “everyone has the same facts.” The fact is that the Bible is not the oldest literature we have. Honest examination of the facts, using whatever lines of evidence you’d like yield the conclusion that there are older texts which this (non-academic) article identifies.
      Good luck, keep reading.

      • Sam Watts

        Thanks for your reply. You, too.

        • Indeed. I always try to learn every day.
          As a side note, the Bible being a compilation of canonized texts, the texts contained within it were written about two – two and a half centuries before the Council of Nicaea.

          • Sam Watts

            “…the texts contained within it were written about two – two and a half centuries before the Council of Nicaea.” You must be thinking about the New Testament part of the Bible.

          • Yes, the vast majority of the Old Testament is older than that.

      • Erin

        Thank you for explaining the way you did. You have no idea how long I’ve been looking for your conclusion that’s states the Bible is not the first book. You are a great teacher, made it clear for me!

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