Greek Cosmos Notes

Introduction: Greek Word for Greece - Hellas and Ellada are two names for Greece, Ellada is modern, Hellas is ancient (and also a formal title in modern Greek). Interestingly, the words are closely aligned with the old word for Goddess in Hebrew - Elohe (in Biblical Hebrew - a masculine noun) and Ella (in Modern Hebrew).
In Greek, the word for Goddess is Thea, a close associate of the word for Death - Thanatos - The End.

Chronology of the Cosmos

Etymology on the word "world" and the age of man
Further background in Wikipedia and the Ages of Man

In Scripture Creation came out of "nothing", built by Father God

According to the Greek historian  Hesiod (750-650BC) Cosmos came out of Chaos.

First there was Chaos

then Gaia (Earth) appeared and Tartarus (Underworld) and then Eros (Base Desire) the driving force of the Cosmos (Order). In early accounts he is a primordial god, but in later accounts he is the son of Aphrodite (Venus) and Ares (Mars). Ares was the later son of Zeus and Hera.

The offspring of Chaos were Erebus (Darkness) and Nyx (Night). Nyx gave birth to Aether (the bright upper air), and to Hemera (the Day). Nyx later on gave birth to the dark and dreadful aspects of the universe (e.g., Dreams, Death, War, and Famine).

The other offspring of Nyx was Nemesis, the Goddess of Distribution and Retribution. Nemesis formed the basis of the Greek word Nomos, the Greek Norms (for living), along with the Greek Numbers allotted by the later gods.
It became the Greek word for God's book of the Law (Torah) in Deuteronomy 17:11, and Deuteronomy 17:18, summed up by Paul in Galatians 5:14 "You shall love your neighbour as yourself".

Back to Gaia. Gaia gave birth to her son Ouranos (Heaven), Ourea (Mountains), Pontus (Sea). From Gaia and Ouranos came
Six male Titans:  Oceanus, Coeus, Crius, Hyperion, Iapetus (Japheth), and Chronos (the youngest)
Six female Titans: Theia, Rhea, Themis, Mnemosyne (mother of Muses), Phoebe, and Tethys.

From Chronos and Rhea came the first gods of Mount Olympus
1.Zeus (Amun-Ra in Egypt, Jupiter in Roman), 2.Poseidon, 3.Hestia, 4.Demeter and 5.Hera. They had a sixth member in their family, Hades, but his realm was the underworld, far from Olympus, and thus was not usually considered to be one of the Olympians. Later came 6.Athena (Neith in Egyptian, Minerva in Roman), 7.Apollo who destroyed the monstrous serpent Python, 8.Artemis (Diana in Roman), 9.Ares (Mars in Roman), 10.Hephaestus (Ptah in Egyptian, Vulcan in Roman), 11.Aphrodite (Venus in Roman), 12.Hermes (Mercury in Roman), and in some Greek lists Dionysus replacing Hestia. They were called Olympians because, according to tradition, they resided on Mount Olympus (400 kms north of Athens in modern day Thessaly).

From the male Titan Iapetus (Japheth, son of Noah in Scripture) came Prometheus (the builder of mankind), Epimetheus (animals) and Atlas.

Unlike his two brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus, Atlas sided with the other Titans supporting Chronos in the war that developed with Chronos's son Zeus. Due to Chronos's advanced age Atlas led the Titans in battle. As a result he was singled out by Zeus for a special punishment, and made to hold up the "sky" on his back.

When Zeus was atop Mount Olympus he was appalled by human sacrifice and other signs of human decadence. He decided to wipe out mankind and flooded the world with the help of his brother Poseidon. After the flood, only Deucalion (son of Prometheus) and Pyrrha (daughter of Epimetheus and Pandora) remained, and Deucalion gave birth to Hellen about 1500BC and his sister Pandora II who later gave birth to Graecus (via Zeus) and Latinus.

Many have wondered at the similarities in the word for "Father" in English and all the other languages e.g. "Pater" in Greek and Latin, "Vater" in German, "Pita" in Hindi and Persian, "Papa" in Russian, "Baba" in Chinese, Arabic.

The name "Ptah", the primary creator deity in Memphis (today an area just south of Cairo), was the Egyptian word for the original craftsman, blacksmith (Vulcan), potter (pater) of all mankind, associated in Greece with the Greeks' original ancestor "Iapetus". See that unusual prophecy in Genesis 9:27 just after the universal flood

May God extend (or pata) Japheth (Ja-pet). May Ja-pet lodge in the tents of Shem.
And may Canaan (literal meaning "Bend the knee", or "Humble yourself") be his servant.

Interestingly, the root meaning of Canaan in Hebrew can, ultimately, be a good word.

However, the root meaning of pata by itself is actually not a good one, it literally means to "flatter", the word is associated with delusions of "grandeur", as has happened with the fathers (the paters) of mankind everywhere.


So it is so good when Ja-pet
(with the first part of his name linked to Ja i.e. Jehovah)

lodges (remains) in the tents of Shem
(a word that literally means “the Name” i.e. Lord or in the New Testament Abba Father).

Interestingly, and lastly,  the Greeks associate Iapetus with the word "Peirazo" - to pierce (or tempt, test via a sword).

See those famous verses in James 1:13-16, as it was initially written in Greek, Let no one say when he (or she) is tested, tempted (pierced), I am pierced of God: for God cannot be pierced with evil (badness), neither pierces he anyone. But everyone is pierced, when he (or she) is drawn away of their own lust (yearnings), and enticed (flattered). Then when yearning has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

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