Traveling on in history, we studied the Epic of Gilgamesh.
This ancient and epic poem bears remarkable similarities to several Biblical events. One hero falls asleep under a tree, where a serpent robs him of eternal life. Another man is told by the gods to build a big boat for an upcoming flood. By obeying, he saves his family and the animals onboard.
This ancient story is a noteworthy example of the convolution caused by the “grape vine effect”. The children and I discussed how our scriptures are divinely inspired, and how God has preserved their integrity through the ages. To explain the distortion of the secular versions, we played a version of telephone.
Calling Kaira aside, I relayed a detailed story. I then did our language arts lesson before asking her to retell the tale to Kendra. Despite Kairas excellent memory, several details were left out, and a few facts even changed.
Kendra then retold the story to me. It had become convolutedalmost to the point of being a different taleyet it retained a marked similarity to the original.