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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The book of Job comes closest in formal shape to a play , but Old Testament
stories typically concentrate on a few people , as Greek tragedy does : often two
are in conversation , though a third may be listening , as Rebecca listens to the ...
perhaps unconsciously swayed by the idea ( itself a simplistic half - truth ) of a
vengeful deity in the Old Testament succeeded by a benevolent one in the New.
29 Debate about the specifics of theology or politics cannot however obscure the
The Old Testament passages traditionally cited as referring to Jesus are now
generally acknowledged to have had a different meaning in their original context
. This does not detract from the power of a passage such as Isaiah 9 ( unto us a ...
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