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Divine Justice in Genesis and Oedipus Divine Justice is the abstract principle by which a higher being assigns merited rewards or punishment based on what is right and wrong The notion of divine justice a key ingredient in the Old Testaments Book of Genesis as well as in Sophocles Oedipus the King The are many differences and similarities between The Book of Genesis and Sophocles Oedipus the King The most common similarity between Genesis and Oedipus is that divine justice affects the individual who has sinned the people as a whole and the relationship between deities and humans Divine justice in Genesis and Oedipus has a great affect on the lives of the individuals who have sinned In Genesis Adam and Eve disobey God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil Their disobedience leads to their downfall Adam and Eve go from walking in the Garden of Eden with God to being cast out of the Garden of Eden For their sins they are to live a short life of sorrow only to be relieved by death he curses the ground Adam works on Eve suffers sorrow and pain during conception and childbirth Gods also tells Adam that I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed In Oedipus the King Oedipus grandiose sense of pride and impulses leads to his downfall Oedipus in an extremely short time goes from being the King of Thebes to losing his eyesight his mother and being exiled R Drew Griffith also says Apollo brings about Oedipus downfall as a just punishment for his hubris In the Book of Genesis and Oedipus divine justice affects how strong the relationship between deities and humans is In The Book of Genesis the relationship between God and human beings is strong and he shows this in the degree in which he punishes God rules justly giving mercy and making
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