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It is true that the Genesis flood account shares many striking similarities with the Babylonian Gilgamesh epic, and with the Babylonian Atrahasis epic, for that matter. In fact, literally hundreds ...
The universal flood abounds in every culture by way of legend or otherwise. This is because the present generation of humanity has come out of Noah's family tree who alone survived the flood. But for the Bible no other account directly traces the cause of the flood as a result of universal sin and exhibition of God's grace to carry on His covenant relationship with Adam's race. Those who hesitate to accept universality of sin, guilt,andGod's judgement on sin try to dilute the Biblical account of flood. But for those of us who accept Bible as the inspired word of God the account of flood as recorded in the Bible is correct because God gave an accurate account of the flood to Moses while others may be handed down to other races through folklores as other families of the earth gendered from three sons of Noah and their families who survived the flood. For details please refer to the family tree of Noah as recorded in Genesis 9:18&19 read with Genesis 10(whole chapter). Verse 32 of chapter 10 of Genesis clearly mentions that --"from these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood" NIV.
To add to the answers above, also read Genesis 11:1-9. This gives the account of the tower of Babel. Before this, everyone had the same language. God confused their language so they couldn't complete the tower. As a result, everyone scattered over the whole face of the earth. They naturally grouped together based on language. A once common people, with a common set of oral traditions and history, are now living all over the earth speaking different languages. It would make sense that each people group would naturally retain some of the same historical stories as their common ancestors who now have descendants in different people groups.
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