I know that the flood has been discussed ad-nauseum on this site, but I only just got a copy of the March 1, 2002 WT and figured i'd put my
2cents worth in. Besides that with this posting i become a senior member so i thought i'd say something semi-intelligent for a change.
The WT with it's ever circular reasoning concludes that because so many societies have a flood myth, and because they all have many points in common, that this corroborates the Bibles ancient testimony.
On page 4 of this WT, there is a chart denoting the similarities of many of these myths. It is interesting to note that they have omitted the Sumerian flood myth in this chart(unless of course that is what they have listed as the Assyrian myth). The Sumerian account predates the Genesis account by nearly 1000 years. Using the same circular reasoning that th WT employs, I can claim that since all the other flood myths corroborate the facts included in the Sumerian myth, this makes the Sumerian tablets the cheif ource of this ancient wisom. All hail the Gods of Sumer.
The Sumerian tablets are included in the Epic of Gilgamesh(available on line and in many bookshops). These tablets recount the adventures of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk in Mesopotamia around 2000BC. Included in gilgamesh's tale is the story of the flood. The central character in this flood myth was Ziusudra (means he saw life), and many parts of this tale are included in the Genesis account. The most obvious case of plagiarism with the Genesis account is the sending of the dove.
Here is an interesting site:
One of the most interesting parts of this web site is the part How old was Noah. In here they claim that where the bible gets these ridiculous ages for these biblical people is due to an error in translation. He gos on to tell you what the error is and backtraces to find a more beleivable age for Noah, seth and methuselah. I've always found the WT explanation that they lived such long lives because they were closer to the perfect vitality of Adam, to be absolute hogwash. 'When you mix science and religion, you end up with a hybrid that is neither good science nor good religion.' Karen Armstrong.
These are some of my thoughts on the subject. Time to get another beer all this typing has made me tired.
"Imagination is more important than Knowledge" Albert Einstein
They faught like warrior poets...and gained their freedom.