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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... his scar against the account of Abraham and the command to sacrifice Isaac in
Genesis 22.54 He was concerned not with any similarity of theme , but with a
contrast of narrative method , expressing two different ways of representing
Oedipus in contrast is unaware of his own guilt until the moment of recognition (
OT 1182-5 ) . Like Demodocus in the Odyssey , Teiresias is physically blind but
has compensatory spiritual insight . It is when Oedipus attains similar inward ...
But classical authors themselves frequently used the idea of divine withdrawal to
point up the contrast between the heroic past and their own prosaic present .
Already in the Odyssey when Alcinous , speculating about the identity of his
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