You Are [not] Entitled

In the last few lessons, I have been learning about how the government handles money, either taken or given. Read more

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Involved at All

For the past week I have been looking at the government’s involvement it a lot of different fields and topics. Most are very general, and we wouldn’t think twice about whether or not they should be involved in them at all. Read more

A Lot of Differences

Recently, my literature studies have shifted from the Bible to Greek literature, and I can assure you, they are not alike. I was a major difference from what I have regarded as reading ancient past material. While I might have a bias towards the literature, it didn’t stop me from trying to understand Hesiods Theogony. Now, my assignment this time has to do with both, in a way. It asks: “What are the main differences between Genesis 1 and Theogony?”

Well, so sum up how unlike they are in one word, I would say: Exceedingly. First of all, Theogony was a poem, so to speak, about how all of the Greek gods came into being. Genesis 1 was about how God created the world, and it was somewhat poetic as well. Already the premises are different, but lets touch on how hierarchy worked in both books. In Theogony, Zeus was the ‘current’ king of the gods, at least that’s how things were when it was written. Before that, his father Chronos was king, which already implies that there was a kingship passed down throughout the coming generations. But this already has put a big difference between the books. In Genesis, there is only one God, and the Greeks believed in hundreds. The God of the Bible cannot give anyone else his position as creator of the universe.

Having said that, I will also state that the gods of the Greeks could have children, but the Genesis God doesn’t. Theogony holds many cases where gods have mated and given birth to countless gods, which is why godly hierarchy was different between the two books. Another thing I found different is that different gods gave the humans on Earth different things and activities through their existence. For example, Dionysus was the god of the grape vine, and so humans were given wine. But in Genesis, it says that one God made everything, and he was only known as Lord or God. Even sovereignty was different between the two. Zeus once had to ‘bribe’ the other gods to help him fight a war, whereas the biblical God spoke things, and they were carried out. In fact, the greek gods went to war constantly! There was never a war with God and the angels ever, and any angels who did, like the ever famous Lucifer or Satan, were punished right away.

So, in conclusion, there are many differences between the two books. Now that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things that are similar, but there are a lot more differences than similarities.