posted on Jun, 12 2014 @ 11:16 AM
According to other researchers, the Sumerian King Lists have two main existing versions, the surviving tablets being known as Weld-Blundell (W-B) 62
and 144 respectively, and both are thought to have been originally compiled around the start of the second millennium BC. There is also a third
version, a much later compilation by Berossus from the third century BC.
Not only do these lists contain a record of all the post-flood kings of ancient Mesopotamia through to the time of their compilation, but, at the
beginning, we once again find a list of antediluvian rulers—and this time their total period of kingship does appear to stretch way back into
The Lists Translated
The most recent and detailed translation that I have consulted is of W-B. 144, which was prepared by Samuel Kramer (we all know that he is the father
of Sumerian language in the modern era) in The Sumerians. Unlike some others it is uncluttered by any attempts to place absolute dates on the more
recent reigns, and is a straightforward rendering of the original text. The pre-flood section reads as follows
After kingship had descended from heaven, Eridu became (the seat) of kingship. In Eridu Alulim reigned 28,800 years as king; Alalgar reigned
36,000 years—two kings reigned 64,800 years. Eridu was abandoned, (and) its kingship was carried off to Badtibira.
In Badtibira, Enmenluanna reigned 43,200 years; Enmengalanna reigned 28,800 years; Dumuzi, the shepherd, reigned 36,000 years—three kings reigned
108,000 years. Badtibira was abandoned, (and) its kingship was carried off to Larak.
In Larak, Ensipazianna reigned 28,800 years—one king reigned 28,800 years. Larak was abandoned, (and) its kingship was carried off to Sippar.
In Sippar, Enmeduranna reigned 21,000 years as king—one king reigned 21,000 years. Sippar was abandoned, (and) its kingship was carried off to
In Shuruppak, Ubartutu reigned 18,600 years as king—one king reigned 18,600 years.
(Total) five cities, eight kings reigned 241,200 years.
The Flood then swept over (the land).
When compared to Genesis, this list contains only eight rulers instead of ten, but with reported reign lengths that are far more exaggerated, and a
total elapsed time of 241,000 years before the flood. Moreover, if we refer to Figure 2 in which the details from W-B. 62 and Berossus are also
summarized, although they record ten kings once more, they almost double the total elapsed time to 456,000 and 432,000 years respectively
I got the above snippet from Ian Lawton's 2002 paper who despite the strong spiritual spin, still comes up with some interesting points. I'd suggest
to read all his paper on the subject: