Zeus, the king of the gods, is Adam
From the Judeo-Christian standpoint, the taking of the fruit by Eve and Adam at the serpents behest was shameful, a transgression of Yahwehs commandment. From the Greek standpoint, however, the taking of the fruit was a triumphant and liberating act which brought to mankind the serpents enlightenment. To the Greeks, the serpent freed mankind from bondage to an oppressive God, and was therefore a saviour and illuminator of our race. The Greeks worshipped Zeus as both saviour and illuminator; they called him Zeus Phanaios which means one who appears as light and brings light. The light that he brought to the ancient Greeks was the serpents light that he received when he ate the fruit from the serpents tree.
In his Zeus and Hera, mythologist Carl Kerényi suggests that the name Zeus or Dios, at its deepest level, means "the actual decisive, dynamic moment of becoming light."3 Thus, the very meaning of the names of the first couple, Dios and Dione, points to that time when they ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and first embraced the enlightenment of the serpent. The natural force, lightning, depicts who Zeus is and what he brings to mankind perfectly. It should not surprise us, then, that the attribute most closely associated with Zeus in ancient art was the lightning bolt. On most of the vases on which he is depicted, Zeus holds the lightning bolt in his right hand. From the Greek viewpoint, there is no more "actual decisive, dynamic moment of becoming light" in human history than the time Adam and Eve received the serpents enlightenment, and no more appropriate symbol for it than the lightning bolt of Zeus.
On a Greek vase from c. 410 BC, a naked Zeus holds the sceptre of rule in his left hand and the lightning bolt in his right.4 He is the naked and unashamed king of Olympus. The fruit of the treethe serpents enlightenmenthas been passed to him. It is the true source of his power.
Zeus and Hera are the first couple described in Genesis
In his Works and Days, the poet Hesiod wrote of "how the gods and mortal men sprang from one source."5 The first couple, Zeus and Hera, were that source. Hera is the single mother of all humanity, and Zeus is, according to Hesiod, "the father of men and gods."6 The term "father Zeus" is a description of the king of the gods which appears over one hundred times in the ancient writings of Homer.7 As the source of their history, Zeus and Hera became the gods of their history.
According to Genesis, Adam lived 930 years. The length of Eves life is not mentioned but there is no reason to think that it wasnt about as long as Adams. That by itself would confer a godlike status on them.
And who came before them? No-one. It is only natural that the Greeks worshipped Adam and Eve as Zeus and Hera. Those without a belief in the Creator have only nature, themselves, and their progenitors to exalt.
The Greek tradition insists that Zeus and Hera were the first couple; the Judeo-Christian tradition insists Adam and Eve were the first couple. Two opposite spiritual standpoints share the same factual basis.
If the above is true, then the Greeks ought to have directly connected Zeus and Hera to a paradise, a serpent, and a fruit tree. They did, indeed, make such a direct connection.
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