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Is there any explanation as to why the "Epic of Gilgamesh" is so strikingly similar to the story of Noah?

For those that don’t know, the Epic of Gilgamesh is a Babylonian poem and is one of the oldest surving pieces of literature. I’m just very confused about it because a part of the poem is extremely similar to the story of Noah but that wasn’t written down in the Torah for over a thousand years after the poem was written. Here’s a summary of the part I’m talking about:

“Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh the story of the flood—how the gods met in council and decided to destroy humankind. Ea, the god of wisdom, warned Utnapishtim about the gods’ plans and told him how to fashion a gigantic boat in which his family and the seed of every living creature might escape. When the waters finally receded, the gods regretted what they’d done and agreed that they would never try to destroy humankind again. Utnapishtim was rewarded with eternal life. Men would die, but humankind would continue.”

And what’s not included in the summary is that Utnapishtim sent types of birds out to check to see if the waters receded just like Noah did in the Torah. In addition to that, when the flood is over, Utnapishtim goes and makes an altar much like what Noah did after the flood. So I’m wondering, has any Rabbi ever made any comment on these similarities?

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