Originally, early Christians believed that the Old Testament’s Gilgamesh was an incarnation of the Christ. According to second century A.D. church fathers, he was the son of King Urukagina and the daughter of Queen Ninib. As a King of Urukagina, Gilgamesh was condemned to destroy the southern kingdom of Ninib. He and his human companions would go on a legendary journey to construct a temple in a neighboring province, an act which would provide a cause for a successor of the god-king, the warlike Enkidu, to slay Gilgamesh. This plot was later explained away by later church fathers as an homage to Enkidu, who was Enkidu’s murderer.

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