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The Odyssey's greater plot consists of a few precise genres of delusion, all of that are extant in a number of close to japanese cultures (Mesopotamian, West Semitic, Egyptian). by surprise, the close to japanese tradition with which the Odyssey has the main parallels is the previous testomony. attention of ways a lot of the Odyssey makes a speciality of non-heroic episodes - hosts receiving visitors, a king disguised as a beggar, acceptance scenes among long-separated kinfolk - 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 varieties of delusion that contain nearly all of the Odyssey: theoxeny, romance (Joseph in Egypt), and Argonautic fantasy (Jacob profitable Rachel from Laban). The Odyssey additionally deals fascinating parallels to the ebook of Jonah, and Odysseus' remedy by means of the suitors bargains shut parallels to the Gospels' depiction of Christ in Jerusalem.

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