Similarities Between Ancient Hebrew And Greek Culture Essay

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The human-god relationships and their purpose in ancient civilizations often tell much about the beliefs and ideals of the culture as a whole. The connection between humans and their gods in both ancient Hebrew and ancient Greek culture are similar, but also vary in multiple ways. Both of these relationships can be seen between the humans and their gods in literature from the time period, specifically the relationship of Moses and God in Exodus, and between Athena and Odysseus and Telemachus in The Odyssey. The relationships and individual connections are defined differently in each story. The similarities and differences of both cultures is seen by comparing the human-god relationships and their purpose in both stories, leading to an overall understanding of justice, morality, and human obligation within each culture. While both of the relationships are formed on the idea off like-mindedness and the gods wanting to help their civilians, the two relationships contrast in how the humans view and interact with their god and the overall understanding of each individual culture. The most important relationships within ancient Hebrew and Greek culture are, in Exodus, between God and Moses, and in The Odyssey, between the goddess Athena and Odysseus and Telemachus. Both of these relationships are similar in the way the gods individually chose Moses and Odysseus/Telemachus. In Exodus, God chooses Moses because he is seen as the purest, hence most God-like. In The Odyssey, Athena…

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