The Nippur Tablet and the Flood

de-2016.07.17 / Apr. 4, 2022

The Nippur tablet with the Flood

On the Nippur tablet, it describes the Flood. The text is broadly consistent with the Old Testament.

The only real difference is that on the Nippur Tablet the Sumerian gods are designated. So a pluritheistic religion story. This Nippur Tablet was found on an expedition around the year 1900 by the University of Pensilvania. One of the expedition members and translator in the English language was the German-American archaeologist Hermann Hilprecht.

Hermann Hilprecht later fell from grace and so the already translated text was forgotten. Possibly, Dr. Hiltprecht fell from grace precisely because of this tablet. Of course, with a completely different, in itself ridiculous pretext of his statements about the temple library. For the text on the tablet of Nippur was highly explosive. It clearly described the Flood. Only there was not only one single god, but even several deities of the Sumerians and the Nippur tablet was created around 2200 BC, a few centuries before the Hebrew Bible was written. It was also created just 160 years after the 2360 BD.

The famous Nippur Tablet

The Epic of Gilgamesh, confirms the contents of this tablet.

The text was translated into English by Dr Hilprecht.
  • After Anu, Enlil, Enki, and Ninhursag
  • had fashioned the black-headed people,
  • vegetation sprang from the earth,
  • animals, four-legged creatures of the plain,
  • were brought artfully into existence
  • [37 lines are unreadable]
  • After the....of kingship had been lowered from heaven.
  • After the exalted crown and the throne of kingship
  • had been lowered from heaven,
  • he perfected the rites and exalted the divine ordinances...
  • he founded the five cities in pure places,...
  • Then did Nintu weep like a....
  • The pure Inanna set up a lament for its people,
  • Enki took council with himself,
  • Anu, Enlil, Enki, and Ninhursag....
  • The gods of heaven and earth uttered the name of Anu and Enlil.
  • Then did Ziusudra, the king, the priest of...,
  • Build a giant...;
  • Humbly obedient, reverently he...
  • Attending daily, constantly he...,
  • Bringing forth all kinds of dreams, he...,
  • Uttering the name of heaven and earth, he...[...]
  • the gods a wall...,
  • Ziusudra, standing at its side, listened.
  • "Stand by the wall at my left side...,
  • By the wall I will say a word to you,
  • take my word,
  • give ear to my instructions:
  • By our...a flood will sweep over the cult-centers;
  • to destroy the seed of mankind...,
  • is the decision, the word of the assembly of the gods.
  • By the word commanded by Anu and Enlil...,
  • its kingship, its rule will be put to an end.
  • [about 40 lines missing]
  • All the windstorms, exceedingly powerful,
  • attacked as one,
  • at the same time, the flood sweeps over the cult-centers.
  • After, for seven days,
  • the flood sweeps over the cult centers.
  • After, for seven days and seven nights,
  • the flood had swept over the land,
  • and the huge boat had been tossed
  • about by the windstorms on the great waters,
  • Utu came forth, who sheds light on heaven and earth,
  • Ziusudra opened a window of the huge boat,
  • the hero Utu brought his rays into the giant boat.
  • Ziusudra, the king,
  • prostrated himself before Utu.