Moses and Oedipus: Psychological Perspectives on Their Life Stories

Abstract

The present paper compares the chronicles of Moses and Oedipus, examining six life events: birth, exile, submission/resistance to the Divine, trial of passage, seeming failure and success, and reversal of fortune. The biblical conception of Providence is contrasted with the Greek sense of Fate.

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Halevy, S.C., Kaplan, K.J. Moses and Oedipus: Psychological Perspectives on Their Life Stories. Journal of Psychology and Judaism 22, 7–20 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1024811620615

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Keywords

  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Life Story
  • Psychological Perspective
  • Greek Sense
  • Biblical Conception