For thousands of years, human civilizations have exchanged goods and ideas - which explains why all major religions include common motifs and similar stories. Every human endeavor pulls inspiration from the past, and the Bible is no exception.
Tales found in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity share many parallels, as all three religions stem from the teachings of Abraham. But Bible stories borrow from other religions, as well. The Bible is one of the world's best-selling books, and many people know its stories thanks to Sunday school or holidays such as Christmas. In addition to the variations in these broadly familiar tales as religions expand, Biblical stories have changed even within specific religious traditions.
From new translations and offshoot religious movements to followers misunderstanding common beliefs, the Bible's legacy is in a constant state of flux. And while devout followers of a particular faith may feel disconnected from people who follow different creeds, many religions teach the same lessons.
Like Noah, Utnapishtim Built A Large Boat To Survive A Massive Flood
The Buddha Resisted A Demon's Temptations, Much Like Jesus In The Desert
As In Eden, Temptation Forces Enkidu To Leave Paradise, Naked And Ashamed
Hercules And Samson Both Possessed Super-Strength And Killed A Lion With Their Bare Hands