The King List is a detailed account of kingships stretching into the prehistory of the Sumerian people. Beside telling us that they descended from heaven and features non-human reign lengths.
The first fragment, a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet, was found in the early 1900s by German-American scholar Hermann Hilprecht at the site of ancient Nippur and it was published in 1906. Since Hilprecht’s discovery, at least 18 other exemplars of the king’s list have been found. No two of these documents are identical. However, there is enough common material in all versions of the list to make it clear that they are derived from a single account of Sumerian history.
Researchers initially thought that they were straightforward historical documents, but as more complete versions came to light, it became obvious that many of the kings were either wholly or partially mythological. Or maybe there is another possibility… yes! Aliens!
The document starts at the beginning of history, the time when “kingship descended from heaven and made Eridu the seat of the kingship”.
The list is characterized by extremely long durations for the different reigns, especially the earlier ones. One quarter of a million years is assigned to the first eight kings before the Flood and more than 25,000 years for the first two dynasties after the Flood.
The Sumerian King List provides a list of eight kings who reigned for long periods of time before the flood, ranging from 18,600 to 43,200 years. This is similar to Genesis 5, where the generations from Creation to the Flood are recorded. Interestingly, between Adam and Noah there are eight generations, just as there are eight kings between the beginning of kingship and the flood in the Sumerian King List.
Many tried to debunked this as “simple mythology” but one most raise the right questions: Why would the Sumerians combine mythical rulers with actual historical rulers in one document? Why are there so many similarities with Genesis? Why were ancient kings described as ruling for thousands of years?