Culture and Civilization 1
Andrea Martínez
Profesorado Superior de Lenguas Vivas / Salta
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Andrea Martínez
Creado: 27.03.2013 @ 1:37:40 am
Estado del Foro: Abierto
Hebrew Books

How does the "Book of Job" form the Hebrew Bible compare to Gilgamesh from "The Epic of Gilgamesh"? Choose ONE feature and provide your evidence. 

Conceptos clave: Job Gilgamesh
Emily Pastrana
Creado: 02.04.2013 @ 2:44:06 am
Three main similarities

Taking into account Gilgamesh from "The Epic of Gilgamesh" and the Book of Job" from the Hebrew Bible I consider that there are three main similarities between them. To start with, both were blessed by God. In the case of Gilgamesh Gods endowed him supernatural powers and in the case of Job God gave him several possessions. Secondly, both characters experienced the suffer of human condition. For example, Gilgamesh loses his loved friend and Job loses his sons and daughters and health. Last but not least, both of them get resignation because Gilgamesh accepts the idea that he can not rich everlasting life and in the case of Job, he assumes his vulnerability in front God.

beatriz cardozo
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 11:01:52 pm
God's will

In both stories death is an important feature, both characters are tasted by their own god. Gilgamesh who possess beauty and courage (he is two thirds god and one third man) is afraid of death. That is why he traveled over the wilderness in order to find everlasting life, he did not accept the destiny of every human being. Whereas Job feared god and god was proud of him. Job is taten away all his possessions, his family and even his health but he did not feel afraid of death, he trust god and accept god's will because he understand life beyond the death.

Cintia Mariana Castillo
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 9:21:32 pm
Gilgamesh and Job's decisions

The fact of finding out what the life is about and how to face problems could be a feature on both stories. In the Book of Job, he is proud of having a big family because his last name will keep alive on earth. And when Job's family is taken away by God, he does not accept it as a tragedy but as God's will. On the other hand, in The Epic of Gilgamesh he suffers of his friend's death so he looks for the secret of inmortality desperately but he never finds it.

lorena maria celeste dominguez
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 8:57:47 pm
Gilgamesh and Job

Both Gilgamesh from"The epic of Gilgamesh " and Job from " The book of Job" wanted to obtain something but both suffered and  failed to achieve successful.
Gilgamesh a virtuous man  undertook a quest to find inmortality (because his most beloved friend died) and when he obtained the secret,it  was snatched by a serpent.
Similarly,Job a man of great virtue (whose loyalty and love was  tested by God) suffered disasters:death of his children,lost of personal possessions and diseases,failed when he decided that god  was a destroying being.
Gilgamesh and Job were two men that fought against fate and both had something to prove ,but at the end they failed because were vunerable as all humans are.

Alejandro Pérez
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 8:37:25 pm
Pessims in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Job.

I think that both stories, The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Job, depict that the Sumerians and the Hebrews were pessimistic people. In both stories tragedy, woe, and death are unavoidable. Gilgamesh and Job are tested by supernatural forces and they realize that misfortune and suffering are common to human life. Besides, Gilgamesh seeks but fails to get everlasting life. Job asks for God’s promise of heavenly reward but fails to assure that once dead, he might return to life. To conclude I can said that pessimism was common in the Mesopotamia, where people thought they life had been planned by divine forces and that life after death was impossible to achieve.

Gisela Acoria
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 7:41:11 pm
Gilgamesh and Job

A point to compare about The epic of Gilgamesh and The book of Job is that both concernd about deathand the seek for inmortality .
Gilgamesh suffered Endiku´s death that´s why he travelled in search of Utnapishtim, who was a man that was given everlasting life by Gods But Utnapishtim said to Gilgamesh´´There is no permanence[...]
Job suffered his sons and daughter´s death and all his misfortune but he accepted everything because it was God`s will.Job as Gilgamesh questioned about death but Job accepted the promise of God of eternal life after death.
To sum up, in the Epic of Gilgamesh the phrase ´There is no permanence´implies a human condition , life and death,only Gods have eternal life,and about Job ,the eternal life comes after death,so God is the only one who has eternal life

Daniela Alejandra Mercado
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 6:58:22 pm
Gilgamesh and Job


The epic of Gilgamesh and the book of Job show the vulnerability of mankind when things goes wrong. It leads them to challenge their Gods, doubt their Creators´power and look for immortality.

Gilgamesh (two thirds god and one third man) and Job (a sound and honest man), both of them were  blessed in different ways by their creators. On the one hand, Gilgamesh is blessed by the Gods with beauty and courage, his most important possession was Enkidu whom Gilgamesh considered to be his brother. On the other hand, Job is blessed by Yaweh with animals, a big family (7 sons and 3 daughters) and his health. The faith to their Gods seem to be unbreakable until they lose their most important possesssions, their loved ones.Gilgamesh for his part, begins a  long journey in search for everlasting life .In despite of that Utnapishtim warns him that all classes of people are equal in death, he keeps on looking for eternal life but without success. After Job´s children died, Job begins to doubt his God´s divine power and its love to human race. Job asks his God the promise of a heavenly reward (the assurance that once dead, he might return to life) but he fails.

Johnny Monteros
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 6:53:33 pm
Gilgamesh vs Job

I do not really understand if I’m doing well, because you all speak about two completely different things (at least for me). I found more differences rather than similarities.

The Epic of Gilgameah is like a tale. It’s tells about a hero and his adventures or misfortune. But for me it is just a fantasy.

Even though I am Catholic, I am not saying that The Book of Job is more real.

Despite these, I agree with the fact that both main characters suffer and deal with the loss of loved ones. I like the evil appears clearly as Satan, so it is easy to spot between good and evil.

alejandrina carrazano
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 6:30:51 pm
human suffering

in both writings, Gilgamesh and Job are faced with suffering. Gilgamesh suffers because his friend dies and Job´s suffering is caused by loosing his possessions, his family, and he also experiences sickness.

Jose Eduardo Carmen
Creado: 01.04.2013 @ 6:03:19 pm
Book of Job recalls the epic of Gilgamesh

Both are tested by supernatural forces and come to realize the misfortune and suffering of the human condition. Both of them fail in their wishes,for examples Gilgamesh seeks a personal inmortatiliy but fails and Job anticipates a final departure to an underworld, an abode of the dead known as Sheol or Shadowland. However, even without the promise of reward,Job remains faithful to the cavenant.

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