Chapter 4: Herakles Seizes the Authority of Nereus/Noah


Herakles is the first great “master in the earth” from Genesis, Nimrod, transplanted to Greek soil. The Hebrew word for Nimrod means rebel. Greek artists depicted Herakles as carrying out a successful rebellion directed against Nereus, the Greek Noah. At that time, Noah’s was the only system to rebel against.

Victorious rebels become heroes and replace one system with a different one. The meaning of the great hero’s name in Greek explains his new system as concisely as possible: Herakles means “the glory of Hera.” Hera’s glory was her place in the Greek pantheon as the queen of all mankind. Herakles’ rebellion replaced the authority of Noah with the authority of the gods of Zeus-religion.

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