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Tucker 1Comparison and Contrast of the gods in Homers epics with the God of the HebrewsThere are many similarities and differences between the Greek gods and the Hebrew God These similarities and differences are revealed in the character and functionality of the gods The revelation of similarities and differences can also be seen in mans relationship to his god or gods Homer was instrumental in documenting the oral traditions of the Greek gods in his poetry Moses the Hebrew leader is attributed with documenting what he witnessed from God in the Torah The Greek and Hebrew belief systems were established for the purposes of explaining the world we live in the phenomenon in nature and the existence and purpose of man The Greeks were polytheistic and had more gods than they could probably keep up with In contrast the Hebrews had only one God Regardless the Greeks and Hebrews shared the same desire and that was to find answers to questions about existence and the purpose of lifeThe character and functionality of the Greek gods vary from god to god Zeus was the chief of the Greek gods and considered the most powerful This may be a bit misleading because even though he held the highest rank the lesser gods did not always submit to his authority The lesser gods did things at times that they knew would go against the wishes of Zeus It is apparent that all the gods did things for their own pleasure and men were the pawns in the games they played This can be seen in Homers The Iliad Zeus loved Sarpedon and wanted to intervene to save him from injury or death Queen Hera advised Zeus that it would be unwise to intervene because the other gods would see it as favoritism Petroclus killed Sarpedon The god Apollo avenges the death of Sarpedon by stripping away Petroclus armor rendering him
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