Comparision of Greek Myth of Prometheus and Judaeo-Christian Adam and Eve

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When comparing the ancient Greek creation myth of Prometheus and the Judaeo-Christian Adam and Eve story we find some striking similarities in both of them.

Analyzing Hesiod’s Theogony and other sources we come to the conclusion that the old Greek religion did not include a direct link as to the creation of the humans. They just co-existed with the Gods. Maybe they sprang from Gaea herself, it is not certain.

Other sources for the creation of man, point to Zeus giving the task of creating men and animals to the sons of Iapetus, Prometheus (before thought) and Epimetheus (after thought). Zeus had told both of the brothers to give them gifts, but while Prometheus was working hard creating the men, Epimetheus had already finished
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They lived together in the garden for some time along with the other beasts until the serpent (who later on was said to have been satan) convinced Eve to eat the apple, telling her she would not die, but become a God. At this point, humanity lost it’s innocence. Both Adam and Eve realised that they were naked and fashioned coverings for themselves. God was angry and to punish them they were sent into exile into the world. Their immortality was taken away and Angels called Cherubim were placed at the gates of Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life. A flaming sword which spins in every direction was also placed to ward off intruders.

It is interesting to note that Adam and Eve are mentioned in all the Judaeo religions including Islam. In the Qur’an Adam is regarded as a prophet (a person spoken to by God). Eve is mentioned ad Hawwa, his wife. In this version when Adam came to life, God sent a number of angels to fetch clay from the earth to form him and they took the clay from a variety of sources to signify the variety in human beings. Their version of Satan is Iblis who refuses to bow down to Adam when God orders the angels to do so and is banished from heaven
Instead of eating an apple, it was a grape this time and the same thing followed (their expulsion and nakedness and humanity’s notions as we know them today).

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