Read this today... Noah's Ark: the facts behind the Flood Basically, in 1985 this guy comes across a newly-found Babylonian tablet. As he starts to translate it, he realizes it is related to the Babylonian flood story contained within the Epic of Gilgamesh. So it's definitely Babylonian and predates Genesis. So the Babylonian flood story, which predates Genesis, includes animals being taken aboard "two by two". IMO, this is further evidence that when the Israelites were captive in Babylon, they picked up this flood story, tweaked it a bit over time to fit their own culture, and it ended up being the story of Noah and the flood in Genesis. I'm curious to see what other interpretations of this new information are.