The Jewish, Greek, and Hittite Cultures and their Storm Gods

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Essay #: 062665
Total text length is 9,295 characters (approximately 6.4 pages).

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THE JEWISH, GREEK, AND HITTITE CULTURES AND THEIR STORM GODS
In the Jewish, Greek, and Hittite traditions of the Storm God, a common theme concerns the epic battle between the Storm God and the serpent dragon. While a casual reading of the literature might suggest that the Storm Gods are viewed by all three cultures in a similar way, this is far from accurate. In fact, the manner in which the various Storm Gods of the Jewish, Greek, and Hittite cultures defeat the serpent dragons reveals much about the way each of these cultures views their Storm God. 
Yahweh as the One and Only Real God
The manner in which Yahweh defeats the dragon shows that the Israelites view Yahweh as the one and only real God – that is, a God that is truly omnipotent...
The end:
.....ite Storm God defeats the serpent by using an artifice involving the willful death and sacrifice of his own son. This shows that the Hittite people viewed their Storm God as a crafty and cunning god, one perhaps even given to treachery. In the final analysis, the findings really speak about the Jewish, Greek, and Hittite cultures and people themselves. One culture is about dependence and trust in the Almighty. Another is about extolment of the human virtues of strength, power, and courage. And another is about victory over one’s enemies by any means possible. This is not a judgment on the cultures in any way. It is just an observation of how the characterization of Storm Gods possibly reflects the character of the people who tell the myths.