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By Bruce Louden

The Odyssey's greater plot consists of a few targeted genres of fantasy, all of that are extant in a variety of close to jap cultures (Mesopotamian, West Semitic, Egyptian). by surprise, the close to jap tradition with which the Odyssey has the main parallels is the outdated testomony. attention of ways a lot of the Odyssey specializes in non-heroic episodes - hosts receiving site visitors, a king disguised as a beggar, acceptance scenes among long-separated family - reaffirms the Odyssey's parallels with the Bible. specifically the booklet argues that the Odyssey is in a dialogic courting with Genesis, which beneficial properties a similar 3 kinds of fable that contain the vast majority of the Odyssey: theoxeny, romance (Joseph in Egypt), and Argonautic fable (Jacob successful Rachel from Laban). The Odyssey additionally bargains interesting parallels to the publication of Jonah, and Odysseus' remedy through the suitors bargains shut parallels to the Gospels' depiction of Christ in Jerusalem.

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