What to Make of the Parallels between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible?

Numerous parallels exist between the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh; however, writes Shawna Dolansky, it is difficult to demonstrate that one influenced the other:

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More about: Ancient Near East, Genesis, Gilgamesh, Hebrew Bible, History & Ideas, Literature

By Restoring Funding to UNRWA, the U.S. Is Ensuring That the Israel-Palestinian Conflict Continues

Last week, the White House announced its plan to resume funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)—which had ceased in 2018—to the tune of $150 million per year. UNRWA, unlike the UN organization that cares for refugees from every other conflict the world over, does not seek to resettle its charges or to integrate them into the countries where they live, but instead keeps them and their descendants refugees in perpetuity. While the administration justified its decision as “a means to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” Einat Wilf argues that it will do nothing of the sort:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Two-State Solution, U.S. Foreign policy, UNRWA