Similarities Between Hesiod's Theogony And Genesis

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The first similarity I noticed between Hesiod’s Theogony and Genesis is the overall need for a supreme being to create the world. Gaia’s first child was Ouranos, starry heaven, then she bore the mountains, the Sea, the Ocean, followed by the Titans (Theogony ln. 126-136). Another major similarity I found between Hesiod and Genesis is the creation of the heavens and the earth. “In the beginning there was only Chaos, the Abyss, but the Gaia, the Earth, came into being, her broad bosom the ever-firm foundation of all” (Theogony ln. 116-118). A third similarity I came across between Hesiod and Genesis is the use of a man and woman as the beginning of the world’s population. Gaia, the Earth, and her mate Ouranos, starry Heaven (Theogony ln. 117-136) compare …show more content…

The Demeter and Persephone myth was the best way to explain the change in seasons because science was not yet advanced enough to understand the true cause. Another theory that explains the similarities is the charter theory because it places emphasis on caring for the beings that created the world by offering sacrifices and praying to them. I believe the charter theory is most effective and would provide a general explanation for the whole text.
While there are certainly multiple similarities between Hesiod’s Theogony, there are also multiple differences. One of the major differences between Hesiod and Genesis is the creation of the world, in Genesis the only creator in God while in Hesiod’s work the world is created by multiple beings. In the beginning there was only Chaos then Gaia, Tartarus, and Eros came into being; after these beings were introduced, the world began to take shape through reproduction (Theogony ln. 116-136). Another major difference between the two works is the apparent focus on mankind in Genesis while Hesiod’s Theogony focuses primarily on the Gods.

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