Museum of Biblical History Staff • 01.29.2015
“Let me disclose, O Gilgamesh, a matter most secret, to you I will tell a mystery of the gods.” (George, 88)
Within the main exhibit of the Museum is a small tablet that reveals a masterpiece of literature –as well as the oldest known literature. The tablet, which we have labeled the Assyrian Flood Tablet, is a cast-molded replica of that which comes from the great library of Assurbanipal in ancient Nineveh. It is the 11th tablet of what is known by scholars as the Standard Version of the Epic of Gilgamesh; and though the tablet itself dates to the 7th Century B.C., the story goes back even several centuries before the time of Abraham! But why is this tablet, which tells of multiple gods, heroes, monsters, and glorious battles even in the Museum of Biblical History? It is here because it also tells the story of Noah and the Great Flood.