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Odysseus of the Odyssey and Moses of Exodus The Book of Exodus is considered to be an epic poem as by definition An epic poem as defined by Funk and Wagnalls is a poem celebrating in stately formal verse the achievements of heroes gods and demigods 426 The Book of Exodus as well as the entire Bible was written in the form of an epic poem Major characteristics of epic poems are that there is always a heroic figure Moses is indeed comparable to Odysseus the heroic figure in the Odyssey Although both men had different purposes they are still considered comparable according to the definition of an epic Like Odysseus Moses was at one with the gods In Moses case it was only one almighty god Moses had a special covenant with God It was as if Moses was Gods body on earth Moses spoke Gods words and acted upon his request Moses possessed many characteristics that made him a great man In the Exodus there were many examples where Moses showed his great wisdom He also possessed somewhat magical power given to him by God He also had a divine purpose in life Moses was on a mission from god so to speak to deliver his people from bondage His mission was similar to those of other typical epics It was of course a very dangerous and exhausting journey that lasted a very long time There were many obstacles to overcome as well as internal affairs among the Hebrews Moses was born a Hebrew but was raised as the prince of Egypt Just like Odysseus Moses was a man of nobility Moses did not know he was a Hebrew until he was a much older man He was living a lie without even
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