I think that it could be equally possible that several different groups all have similar stories of events that occurred in the past. Wouldn't that
also be a fair assessment of the numbers of texts that seem to be being presented?
not in the case of the Bible no
it clearly is derived from am mesopotamian source
even the Talmud's proper name is the Babylonian Talmud
and here for your delectation and appreciation is a line by line comparison of the flood story from the epic of Gilgamesh and the story of Noah
bear in mind that the Gilgamesh story predates the biblical one by at least 1800 years
When a seventh day arrived
I sent forth a dove and released it.
The dove went off, but came back to me;
no perch was visible so it circled back to me.
8 And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of
her foot, and she returned unto him to the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth
I sent forth a raven and released it.
The raven went off, and saw the waters slither back.
It eats, it scratches, it bobs, but does not circle back to me.
7 And he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth
so are you seriously still trying to tell me that the Hebrew stories are originally Hebrew when at the time the Epic Of Gilgamesh was written Hebrews,
the Hebrew language and Hebrewism didn't exist.
fyi the God that sent the flood according to the Akkadians was Enlil. whereas you know the flood god according to the Hebrews was YHWH.
so YHWH was Enlil and Enlil was the top god of a pantheon of deities
in other words their society wasn't monotheistic.
this might help explain to you the references in the bible to other gods which don't make any sense if the Bible is original but makes perfect sense
when you know it isn't
you know Enlil right
heres a picture
hes sitting at the back of the boat letting his brother Enki do all the hard work
this is the only known picture of YWHW
could be twins couldn't they
in the akkadian flood story it is Enlil who sends the flood and Enki who warns Upnapishtim (proto Noah) that the flood is coming
in the bible it is YHWH who sends the flood and warns Noah that it is coming
so clearly its a redaction taking into account that monotheism allows no other gods
it gives all the roles in the story to YHWH.
Lewis Black who is a Hebrew scholar has his own reason for these differences