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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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Does not atonement come through the blood, as it is said: For it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life!

Babylonian Talmud

Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 5a referring to Vayikra (Lev.) 17:11 in the Tanakh