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While Greek myths and Biblical stories appear to be extremely different the relationship between Athena and TelemachusOdyssey and that between God and Moses Exodus are similar in that both Telemachus and Moses were of the chosen familywere reluctant heroes and were given specific instructions which required travel Mainly these two tales differ in that Athena andGod chose different ways to speak to Telemachus and Moses respectively Both Athena and God had a chosen family in whichthey demeaned to be their most faithful followers and therefore they took the best care of such families Athena chose Odysseusfamily She favored Odysseus throughout his life by giving him several gifts Odysseus was famed to be an excellent warrior and atruly wise man Both war and wisdom are Athenas fortes Odysseus favored Athena with sacrifices gifts and prayers WhileOdysseus was sailing and fighting the will of Poseidon Athena continues to take care of his family Penelope is said to be one ofthe best weavers in all the land Again weaving is Athenas forte Finally the beginning of the Odyssey focuses on Odysseus sonTelemachus Thus the goddess of war wisdom and weaving favors him Athena speaks to Telemachus to give him courage and toinstruct him of her wishes She favors Telemachus by making him handsome and strong She even reassures him that the godshave not marked out your house for such an unsung future p 84 Thus Athenas favoritism is inherited God chooses a family inwhich his favoritism will passed down through the generations as well Moses is a descendent from the house of Levi His forefathersconsist of the much-revered Abraham Isaac and Jacob He is a Hebrew by blood but he was raised as an Egyptian While Mosesdoes not understand his birthright and it is several years before he practices his birth religion God still chooses Moses as hisprophet As the story later continues Moses seed is also well blessed with land and good fortune The most important aspect
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