Classics and the Bible: Hospitality and Recognition
Bloomsbury Academic, 22/11/2007 - 192 páginas
"Classics and the Bible" looks at story-patterns and themes which Greek and Latin literature shares with the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament. Direct influence or a common source can explain some similarities, but uncannily parallel plots and forms of expression seem more often to occur independently. Classical and biblical texts constantly illuminate each other. Hospitality and recognition are central themes in both traditions, and also metaphors about the relation between them. Classical and biblical authors alike tell stories which need to be read in the light of other stories. The relation between the present and the heroic past is crucial to both traditions, and both raise fundamental questions about the relation of text and reader. The first three chapters consider the subject from the classical side: Homer, the Greek tragedians and Plato, and Virgil; the fourth turns to the New Testament; and the fifth to aspects of later reception. Readers should ideally be equipped with a Bible, English translations of a few major classical authors, and an open mind.
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Jesus provocatively dines with publicans and sinners , which in the eyes of his
critics is dangerous and inappropriate eating ( Luke 5 : 29-32 ) . Zacchaeus the
despised outsider is admitted into the community by his offer of hospitality ...
distance from Jerusalem ( Luke 24:13 ) , and even that is a slight underestimate .
Other sites nearer to the city have been claimed , but without firm evidence . 30 It
is however much more likely that Luke intends a symbolic point than that he is ...
At the end of his gospel as also at its opening , Luke deliberately adopts the style
and manner of the Septuagint . Like Odysseus in Scherie , Jesus takes over as a
more informed and authoritative narrator of his own story . As with the songs of ...
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