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
Mariela Calisaya
Creado: 31.03.2013 @ 9:24:38 pm
The book of Job/ Gilgamesh

Utnapishtin relates a story of flood: for six days and six nights tempest and flood overwhelmed the world.
Anather similarity is DILMUN (the garden of the son) = The garden of EDEN  

Matías López
Creado: 31.03.2013 @ 3:37:13 pm
Rage and sadness

Both Gilgamesh and Job defy their gods after undergoing terrible misfortunes. Both pieces of literature portray a similar topic: human beings experience rage after going through battles and hardships. For instance Job curses Yahweh (for he has always been loyal to his god, but unfairly punished) saying "Suppose I have sinned, what have I done to you, you tireless watcher of humanity?". On the other hand, Gilgamesh defies the gods seeking for the secret of everlasting life (for he has lost his bossom companion). Clear evidence for this latter case is the following quote: "How can I rest, how can I be at peace? Despair is my heart. What my brother is now, that shall I be when I am dead. Because I'm afraid of death I will go as best as I can to find Utnapishtim whom they call the Faraway".

Gimena Benavidez
Creado: 31.03.2013 @ 3:34:48 pm
Gilgamesh and Job

In my opinion, they have a common experience as in both cases Gilgamesh and Job had to overcome many situations. In the epic of Gilgamesh, his search of immortality took him to cross the great mountain in order to meet Utnapishtim. Already there, he looked for the plant "which restores lost youth to a man". In the book of Job, God, influenced by Satan, tested his servant's faith and fear. So God took away Job's possessions and health.

Mercedes Arias
Creado: 31.03.2013 @ 3:19:07 pm
Immortality & Eternal Life

In both texts we might find that human beings (Job and Gilgamesh) sought for tracendence (go beyond death), however, they did it by different means. While Gilgamesh underwent several dangerous tests in order to find the secret of immortality, Job stayed loyal to his god in order to "save" his family name. To sum up, Gilgamesh didn't want to die whereas Job knew he will so he looked for immortality through his descendants.

Gustavo Ramos
Creado: 31.03.2013 @ 1:46:17 pm

 It is important to mention that there exists an important difference respect to the creation of mankind. In the hebrew bible, Yahweh has created the first man inspired in his own form; but on the other hand in the Epic of Gilgamesh, it is not mentioned how Marduk looked like, nor why we humans beings have this form. From my point of view it is an important difference between the creation in the hebrew bible and the babylonian's.

Virginia Alejandra Gutierrez
Creado: 31.03.2013 @ 11:57:20 am
the Book of Job and The Epic of Gilgamesh

I think that both readings describe human suffering about loss.  In the book of Job, the main character was prey to Satan’s tricks because of his strong faith to God, while in Gilgamesh’s Epic, the hero suffered the loss of his friend Enkidu, companion of his adventures. Job and Gilgamesh coped with their tragedies very differently.  At the beginning Job didn’t understand the reason of his losses (material possessions, children and health) if he was a fervent believer but he maintained his faith, whereas Gilgamesh was more active, he struggled to fight his misfortune seeking for immortality. But in the end, both submitted completely to God's divine plan, accepting their fate.

Daniela Rasjido
Creado: 30.03.2013 @ 11:32:16 pm
Job and Gilgamesh's disasters and sufferings

Job, from the Hebrew "Book of Job", and Gilgamesh, from the Mesopotamian "Epic of Gilgamesh" are both overtaken by a series of sufferings and disasters. In the case of Gilgamesh, he starts a long and exhausting journey in search of everlasting life but at the end he does not achieve his goal, as he guards the plant that restores lost youth caressly. In the case of Job, he is a rightous man who has to undergo many difficulties: he is despoiled of his properties, his children are killed and he has a painful disease. Although the sufferings of Gilgamesh and Job are different, in the end they both have to accept them and resign themselves to their god's wishes.

belen mendez
Creado: 30.03.2013 @ 1:49:28 pm
Gilgamesh and Job

Personally, I think that one important feature is the acceptance of life as human being. Both, Gilgamesh and Job in the end realize that life is full of imperfection and suffering. For example, when Gilgamesh lose the secret of inmortality, the plant eaten by the beast of the earth (serpent), he in some way undestands that all  his effort is in vain. In other words, he realize that he is not inmortal and he will live and die according to  Gods` wishes. From the point view of the book of Job, after he is tested by God and for me in some point defeated  by Satan (connected with the serpent in Gilgamesh) and after he is talked by God, he realize that in fact he is and he will be always a simple person who will live and die in earth according to God`s will. 

belen mendez
Creado: 30.03.2013 @ 12:59:15 pm
Gilgamesh and Job

Personally, I think that one important feature is the acceptance of life as humans being. Both, Gilgamesh and Job in the end realize that life is full imperfection and suffering. For example, when Gilgamesh lose the secret of inmortality, the plant eaten by the beast of earth (the serpent), he in some way realize that all his effort was in vain. In other words, he

Adriana Alanis
Creado: 29.03.2013 @ 7:08:23 pm

One feature between the Book of Job and the Epic of Gilgamesh is that both Job and Gilgamesh were blessed by their gods. For example, Gilgamesh was blessed by the gods with beauty and courage, they gave Gilgamesh a perfect body and made him two thirds of god and one third of man. In the case of Job, he was blessed by god with his family (7 sons and 3 daughters), his animals and many servants, 

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