> The Hebrew Babylonian captivity period seems a
> probable origin to some, but I disagree in that it
> is more likely is was merely around this time they
> decided to write their version down which was
> probably further embellished by way of Babylonian
> copies to flesh out the tale during the editing
> process. What must be understood is that the
> Mesopotamian flood myth was ubiquitous in the the
> ancient world in which several fragments in
> various stages of completeness have been found in
> multiple languages dating to well before the
> Babylonian captivity. Just as today one would be
> hard pressed to find any culture exposed to
> Western society that does not have some reckoning
> of the Biblical Noah version even as simple as
> "God caused a flood and a guy survived by building
> a boat" which would appear the ancient world was
> no different regarding the Mesopotamian tale.
Meaning only that these regional tales likely have a common source. The earliest we know are Sumerian, but that's because the Sumerians are the earliest writers we know.
It is not necessarily an indication that there was an actual physical event that spawned the story.
People are good storytellers.