Originally Answered: The Epic of Gilgamesh dreams compared to Genesis dreams. HELP?
There are four sets of dreams in Gilgamesh. In the first instance, GIlgamesh dreams about the coming of Enkidu (the end of tablet one). The second example is a set of ritually induced dreams by Gilgamesh on his way to the cedar forest (tablet 4). Enkidu unconvincingly interprets all of these terrifying dreams as good omens. Next, Enkidu in a dream hears his own death sentence pronounced in the divine council and has a frightening vision of the netherworld (tablet 7). Finally, Gilgamesh has a dream in a mountain pass when he hears lions close by during his final quest (tablet 9). Because of a fragmentary text we are not certain of the content, but the end result is that he prayed to the moon god Sin for help and then arose to slay the lions.
In Genesis, Abraham has a vision at the start of chapter 15 about having an heir, but we are not told specifically that it came in the form of a dream. At the end of the chapter he does experience a dream about his descendents captivity in Egypt for 400 years. This dream seems to be ritually induced by the sacrifice that precedes it. Next, God appears to Abimalech king of Gerar in a dream to warn him not to sleep with Abraham's wife Sarah (Genesis 20). In Genesis 28, Jacob has a dream at Bethel of a ladder reaching to heaven and is promised land and many descendents. In Genesis 31 Jacob recounts a dream to his wives about being told to leave Laban's employ and return to his native land. In the same chapter Laban has a dream that he is not to harm Jacob who has tried to leave in secret. Then in Genesis 37, Joseph has two dreams about being served by his older brothers. In Genesis 40, Joseph interprets the dreams of his fellow prisoners that foretell their elevation and execution respectively. In chapter 41, Pharoah has two dreams that Joseph interprets as foretelling seven years of plentiful harvests followed by seven years of famine. Then in chapter 46, Jacob has a night "vision" reassuring him that it is safe to journey to Egypt to be reunited with Joseph.
I must admit that there seem to be few parallels between the dream accounts in the two documents. The patriarchal narratives of Genesis seem to be orientated around the promise of a future homeland and many descendents - a strong theme in this part of Genesis. In some cases it is about protecting the patriarchs so that the promised line will not come to an end - this is the case with the warnings to Abimalek and Laban. The dreams and dream interpretation of Joseph take us more into the realm of the oriental court tale and the traditional pattern of the fall and restoration of a courtier. The presence of an interpreter here has a parallel in Giglamesh, although Enkidu's invariably optimistic interpretations of the king's ominous dreams have a ring of mockery and caricature about them. Perhaps the author is poking fun at official dream interpreters who inevitably provide pleasing interpretations to their monarch. One notable point in Genesis when compared to the ancient near eastern background is that it is usually kings who are the recipients of important dreams in other literature, whereas in Genesis the main recipients are the patriarchs Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. Another point is that two of the dreams accounts in Gilgamesh are quite terrifying and seem to fortel disaster - apart from the dream about the baker, this contrasts with the positive tone of most of the Genesis dream sequences. The Joseph stories are definitely closer to Gilgamesh than the other patriarchal stories in two respects: the dreams come in groups and they employ striking imagery. Of the four dream sequences in Gilgamesh, three include more than one dream - the sequence is 2, 7, 2, 1. In the Joseph stories we have three groups of two dreams. Then, while the patriarchal stories tend to describe dreams in which God speaks to the patriarchs, the dreams of the Joseph stories include images that require interpretation. This is very similar to the dreams of Gilgamesh about the coming of Enkidu and their future battle with Humbaba. Although Enkidu's dreams are self explanatory, they still provide dramatic images of the heavenly court and the terrors of the underworld.
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