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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This theme has a parallel in Mark's gospel , a text similarly concerned with the
themes of disguise and revelation . “ Demons and evil spirits habitually recognise
Jesus while his own companions remain unaware of his true identity .
occupation of the newly recruited disciples provides a vivid image for their future
activity : ' I will make you fishers of men ' ( Mark 1:17 ) . Socrates in Theaetetus (
150b ) uses his mother's job of midwife as a metaphor for his own activity in ...
( Mark 15:34 , quoting Ps . 22 : 1 ) . The curtain of the Temple is torn in two ( Mark
15:38 ) : this has been taken to symbolise the end of Jewish cult , but the
implication may be rather that a barrier separating God and humanity is now
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Virgil Between Two Worlds
Foolishness to Greeks
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