Through my many years of debating the veracity of the Genesis account against darwinists in various chat-rooms, I’ve found that their favorite (‘though specious) argument against Genesis is that it was supposedly copied from babylonian legends when the Jews were in captivity in Babylon circa 600 B.C., as if the Jews had no written traditions before that time, which is ridiculous because every other major people group in the ancient world had a complete historical tradition going back to the beginning of humanity, some more complete than others, and many with great similarities to the hebrew account, as almost all of them agree that there was a global flood in antiquity, such as in the babylonian legend about the global-encompassing flood of Utnapishtim’s time, not merely the flooding which occurred because of the end of the Ice Age when sea level rose a few hundred feet within decades (see category Catastrophic Climate Change).
The foolishness of this (the darwinists’ argument against Genesis) is highlighted with the fact that the Babylonians had a tradition, recorded by Berosus, that the ten pre Deluge kings’ reigns lasted a total of 432,000 years, not close to the 1,656 years indicated in the hebrew Genesis account, from Adam and Eve to the Flood of Noah’s time; so clearly, the Jews did not copy this while in captivity in Babylon, thus rendering senseless the darwinists’ supposedly airtight argument that the Jews copied the whole from the babylonian priests, also known as Chaldeans.
But Alexander the Great learned from these Chaldeans that their astronomical record-keeping went back 1903 years from 331 B.C., suggesting that this record keeping began after the Deluge of Utnapishtim’s time (which occurred circa 2350 B.C.) in the decades after the Deluge, when the repopulation of the geologically altered earth was ongoing as laid out in Genesis 10 in the Bible, so when you realize that the pre Flood tradition of 432,000 years was merely creative time distortion by the Babylonians, related to and derived from the ancient method of measuring time and navigating, described in article #2 at http://IceAgeCivilizations.com, it’s obvious that theirs was just a chronology of poetic license, further indicating that the Jews captive in Babylon certainly had no interest in copying chaldean/babylonian history, as the Hebrews’ account was already in place, having long been established, recorded by the patriarchs, or the scribes of the biblical patriarch’s, in cuneiform writing, later edited and redacted by Moses circa 1500 B.C. (refer to article #13 at http://GenesisVeracity.com), through the centuries from the time of Adam and Eve, when the earth and universe had just begun.
The Hindus say that Manu and his family survived the global Deluge, but they also say that yugas of time go back in many multiples of the same 432,000 years espoused by the Babylonians, so it is quite obvious that these other great ancient cultures were in concert in aggrandizing the length of humankinds’ ancient history, while the Hebrews had a more concise and uniquely short ancient historical rendering than any other ancient culture, clearly not copied from the Babylonians, but in line with their post Deluge chronology, according to the chaldean/babylonian records going back to 2234 B.C, when the Ice Age had begun, watering the Middle East, Egypt, the Indus valley, and the rest of what now are the deserts of the world in the middle latitudes, with much more rainfall because of dense post-Deluge cloudcover for the Ice Age, which ended when the oceans had cooled to today’s temperatures circa 1500 B.C.