World Literature 2110
26 September 2010
The Parallels of Greek Religion
Many can agree that the Ancient Greeks were polytheistic believers and their religious world view, morals, customs and genealogy pervaded their cities and communities. Although other civilizations lived or traveled through ancient Greece, people did not worship nor pray each day or once a week to their gods. There were no synagogues, churches or mosques. Personal, privately-held belief did not mater, public ritual and festivals for the gods did. Many people served and paid homage to the gods, idols, temples and monuments in hopes that the gods would be pleased and that their society would prosper and be protected. But where did the idea of so many gods originate from? In an article entitled “Greek Mythology and The Bible” (http://www.1335.com/greekmyth.html), the author notes that there is “strong evidence of Hebrew, Canaanite, Assyrian, and Babylonian, stories found in Greek mythology.” Is it possible that cross cultural practices and beliefs were entwined and multiethnic and ethnocentric beliefs were born? With so many streams of different Semitic culture it seems very possible. As a Christian, I remember that the Israelite themselves were also influenced by these same foreign nations in the books of Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Ezra, and Ezekiel. To the Greeks, the Bible maybe embodied by the writings of Homer, particularly, The Iliad, but to Homer this heavily mixed synthesis of beliefs may therefore have been brought to Greece by the Hebrews themselves. At the very least, the strong evidence of Hebrew colonization and culture in ancient Greece should not be ignore In Greek mythology, Achilles is the Greek hero of the Trojan War. He is thought of as being an invulnerable warrior except for one particular body part that exposes his weakness. He was the central character and the greatest...