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Initial Reactions to Ovid, “The Transformation of Daphne into a Laurel,” an excerpt from Book 1 of The Metamorphoses, ca. 2 C.E. (poetry)

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I am particularly attracted to works from this period due to relationships from mythology that can be attributed to families of giants from religious literature predating the period.  I find that Ovid has captured a common theme that was reflective in the texts of Sepher Ha Yashar (Jasher 2:20) relating to women not wanting to raise children, and the desire of those titans, demi-gods, or sons of the gods, to procreate with the most beautiful of women available.    The parallels between the themes in the ancient texts and this classical period work are fascinating, giving the impression that there may be a basis in the ancient religious texts to the mythology found in later periods. 

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I may remark then, that our Rabbis with one voice accept and affirm the opinion that the prophet is speaking of the King Messiah, and we ourselves shall adhere to the same view.

Rabbi Mosheh El-Sheikh

[Rabbi Mosheh El-Sheikh regarding Yesha’yahu 53 in the Tanakh]