Just as God creates a companion for Adam because “it is not good for the human to be alone”, the reader can assume that such a need for company applies to God as well (Genesis 160). God “created the human in his image”, perhaps to serve as sort of companion to God himself (Genesis 159). However, God tests or even punishes those who love him many times throughout the Old testament. Some of those affected including Abraham, Job, and Esau. The tests of these three, otherwise faithful men all add to the mysteriousness of the character of God.
In Genesis, God appears to test Abraham for no reason other than to know “that [Abraham] fears God” (Genesis 171). Although Abraham receives a great blessing out of passing the test, the other characters, even those faithful to God, face great suffering due to God’s tests of faith. In Esau’s story, Esau is much more honest than his trickster brother Jacob. Despite this, God seems to side with the deceitful and cunning Jacob. During Rebekah’s pregnancy, God tells Rebekah that “one people over the other shall prevail” and the elder brother, Esau, will be younger’s, Jacob, slave (Genesis 173). God again favors Jacob without giving the reader a reason after Jacob steals a blessing from Esau. After stealing the blessing, an act that is certainly ungodly, God honors the act of theft and blesses Jacob with “the land on which [he] lies”, the ability to bless “all the clans of the earth” that he encounters, and with God’s “guard [for] where...
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...se to this new awareness. Compare their experiences; how similar or different are their experiences? What ultimate satisfaction do they come to, or does that satisfaction elude them? Does the Aeneid have anything to say on this question?
Job and Achilles both come to realize how unfair the world is, how humans are the pawns of God(s), and of how bad things happen to good people. However, the two characters react to these realizations in different ways. Although Job ultimately finds satisfaction, the story of Achilles ends on a tragic note. Essentially, satisfaction eludes Achilles.
“Job rose and tore his garment . . . and fell to the earth and bowed down” (Job 194).
Achilles “scooped up fistfuls of sunburnt dust and poured it on his head . . . [he] lay there, tearing out his hair with his hands” (Homer 284).
Does the Aeneid have anything to say on this question?
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