Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Jews are Coming - Noah is Sued by Gilgamesh Lawyer (Parody)


In 2014 Israeli satire on TV took a bold step forward with the airing of a new series of sketches called HaYehudim Ba'im (The Jews Are Coming).
Written by Natalie Marcus and Asaf Beiser, the show asks questions about everything, from the Bible to Ben Gurion to the Ashkenazi leadership. Their approach is to  go into the texts and make you think. They say that they give all their subjects a critical look, but they're not attacking, just giving the story a fresh, modern look.

The series ran for three seasons on Israeli TV, all in Hebrew. Some of the half-hour episodes were divided into video clips and published on YouTube with English subtitles. We found a few new ones and we'll continue to share them with you. Today we're posting a parody that reimagines the scene where Noah tells his sons that God spoke to him and told him to build an ark to survive the flood that is coming to destroy all mankind.

In the parody, Noah is served with a summons by a lawyer representing Gilgamesh of Mesopotamia, the fifth king of the city of Uruk and author of the best seller Epic of Gilgamesh. Noah is being sued for copyright infringement because his flood story is the same as that detailed in the Gilgamesh book.

This video clip, like all the others in the series, may offend some readers who are not open to satirical interpretations of the scriptures and satirical views of Jewish life through the ages, but we believe that there's a place for humor everywhere and we hope you'll find the satire amusing.

Enjoy!

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