Commentary on the Form of the “Homeric Hymns”

The collection of hymns, commonly called the "Homeric Hymns" or "Homerica," are a compilation of thirty-three prayers to the gods. They have erroneously been attributed to Homer by the moderns due to the dactylic hexameter formula -the same poetic form of the Homeric epics. Recall the prayer to the god Osiris in the Egyptian Book … Continue reading Commentary on the Form of the “Homeric Hymns”

Genesis I: The Seven Days of Creation Examined

The following narrative is a close examination of the seven days of creation outlined in Book I of Genesis using Robert Alter's magnificent translation of the ancient Hebrew scriptures. Day One – Light and Darkness “When God began to create heaven and earth, and the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the … Continue reading Genesis I: The Seven Days of Creation Examined