Comparing Odyssey And Moses Of Exodus

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Odysseus of the Odyssey and Moses of Exodus         The Book of Exodus is considered to be an epic poem as by definition.  An epic poem as defined by Funk and Wagnalls is a poem celebrating in stately, formal verse the achievements of heroes, gods, and demigods (426).  The Book of Exodus as well as the entire Bible was written in the form of an epic poem.  Major characteristics of epic poems are that there is always a heroic figure.  Moses is indeed comparable to Odysseus, the heroic figure in the Odyssey.  Although both men had different purposes they are still considered comparable according to the definition of an epic.    Like Odysseus, Moses …show more content…

In the Exodus there were many examples where Moses showed his great wisdom. He also possessed somewhat magical power given to him by God.   He also had a divine purpose in life.  Moses was on a "mission from god" so to speak to deliver his people from bondage.  His mission was similar to those of other typical epics.  It was of course a very dangerous and exhausting journey that lasted a very long time.  There were many obstacles to overcome …show more content…

And he said here I am" (Exodus 3. 4).  God had chosen Moses to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt.  "I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou may bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt" (Exodus 3. 10).  It was now clear to Moses that he must lead the Hebrews out of Egypt and onto their own land.  Just like Odysseus, Moses was about to start a very difficult journey.  Moses would have to lead his people across the desert, over mountains, and though the sea.  This is a very difficult task for any man.  But as the hero of an epic poem Moses is no ordinary man.           All heroes of epic poems are labeled with some sort of specific characteristics.  Moses is no exception to this trend.  He is portrayed as being a very wise individual guided by the all-knowing God.  The Lord guides him in his speeches and thoughts so that he can be an eloquent spokesman.  God said to Moses, "And thou shalt speak unto him, and

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  • Explains that moses, like odysseus, was at one with the gods.
  • Explains that moses was on a "mission from god" so to speak to god.
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