Last Week’s Photo of Statue representing Gilgamesh as a Nephilim
King Gilgamesh is listed in the Sumerian Kings List as post-dilluvial i.e. after the flood cited in that List, and whatever your opinion about that particular flood, the Sumerians Kings List confidently labels it “The Flood”—as if everybody should know which one they’re referencing— so it was an historical or cultural Big Deal to them. We know that the deep flood level found by Sir Leonard Woolley (see Ur of the Chaldees, Ernest Benn Limited 1929, Penguin Books 1938, revised 1950 [I own a copy], 1952) was and still is widely considered the Mesopotamian Flood that is recorded in the Hebrew Bible.
The flood evidence lay
“…about sixteen feet below a brick pavement which we could with tolerable certainty date as (Sumerian) being not later than 2700 B.C., we were down in the ruins of that Ur which existed before the Flood.” (op cit pages 23-4)
Regarding the material culture artifacts found below the clay:
“Then, as suddenly as it had begun, it (the clay) stopped, and we were once more in layers of rubbish full of stone implements, flint cores from which the implements had been flaked off, and pottery. But there was a remarkable change. The pottery was of the hand-made painted ware which distinguishes the village settlement of al ‘Ubaid, while the numerous flint implements, which evidently were manufactured on the spot, were similar to those from al ‘Ubaid and further differentiated this from the higher strata where flints were very rarely to be found. The great bed of clay marked, if it did not cause, a break in the continuity of history: above it we had Sumerian civilization slowly developing on its own lines; below it there was a culture of that al ‘Ubaid type which seems not to be really Sumerian but to belong to the race which inhabited the river-valley before the mixed race of Sumerians had come into being.” (op cit pages 21-22).
Woolley then summarizes: “So much for the facts. What, then, is to be built up on them? The discovery that there was a real deluge to which the Sumerian and the Hebrew stories of the Flood alike go back does not of course prove any single detail in either of those stories. This deluge was not universal, but a local disaster confined to the lower valley of the Tigris and Euphrates, affecting an area perhaps 400 miles long and 100 miles across; but for the occupants of the valley that was the whole world! A flood great enough to account for the eight-foot bank of clay would certainly have drowned out the mud-hut villages; it is conceivable that it might spare some at least of the cities, perched high on their mounds and protected by walls of burnt brick.” (op cit pages 24-25) NOTE: Woolley is perhaps guessing that burnt bricks found with much later renovations to the Ur ziggurat were used before the Flood.
As this week’s feature, I include the 2017 video of the Epic of Gilgamesh lecture by Andrew George (you can listen to a complete verbatim reading of the epic back in Post 11 ) because Gilgamesh’s lineage is identified in the verbatim text as being two-thirds deity and one-third human (a king) and a giant among men, who was mighty in war (who wouldn’t be if he was at least twice the height of a man? Goliath was only about 1.5 times the height of a six-foot American, comparable to an NBA superstar). Gilgamesh is, according to the epic poem, a hybrid produced by mating a spiritual deity (“Bene Elohim” or Watcher) with a human woman, an actually recorded quasi-historical (in the Sumerian King’s List) specimen of those beings described in Genesis 6:1-4 and 1 Enoch as a Nephilim, presented above with a photo of Gilgamesh dwarfing a lion in his grasp, and also in last week’s Post 173.
Since Gilgamesh and the topic of spirits indulging in sexual relations with human women to produce giant hybrids (don’t think too long about what child-bearing would do to the mother when the giant is born), I also include the video of Andrew George presenting a light-hearted lecture at the Oriental Institute titled Be My Baby in Babylonia, hoping to flush the horror of Gilgamesh as a Nephilim out of your mind before you go to bed.
Thanks for visiting,
R. E. J. Burke