Fig. 6 Gilgamesh, alias Nimrod, fights a lion. Genesis 10:9, "He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD."

Middle Eastern historians do not like to make the connection between Gilgamesh and Nimrod.  This is simply because the conclusion is that the Bible is the original source, and that is too hard for them to swallow.  There are a handful of men who at least accept the possibility, and these are found in the bibliography of this book.