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 series therefore adopts a homologous approach in looking at classical
writers , one of whose major achievements was the fashioning of distinct modes
of thought and utterance in poetry and prose . This led them to create a number of
Paul in Athens Biblical and classical themes intersect most powerfully when Paul
arrives in Athens . His visit is invested with high symbolic importance : a decisive
stage in the story , and in Luke's argument that Christianity must engage with ...
Classical Literature and Society Series CLASSICS AND THE BIBLE : Hospitality
and Recognition John Taylor CLASSICAL LITERATURE AND SOCIETY Series
editor : David Taylor Classics and the Bible looks at story - patterns and themes ...
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