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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In a broader sense stories throughout the Bible have dramatic qualities :
narratives progress through successive scenes to denouement , and characters
pass from ignorance to knowledge . The book of Job comes closest in formal
shape to a ...
At this point a new character enters : Elihu is young and bombastic , and has little
to add to the arguments of the three friends.64 This section has often been seen
as a clumsy later insertion , but it is perhaps a burlesque interlude before God's ...
25 corresponds to a whole range of earlier characters , the texts describing them
correspond to a whole range of earlier books . ... In Virgil the effect of assimilation
to an earlier character is not always to present Aeneas as a superior substitute .
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Virgil Between Two Worlds
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