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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These Oxford critics of Homer were influenced by an essay of Simone Weil " The
Iliad , Poem of Might ( in her ... Iliad is both an influential contribution to Homeric
criticism by a non - specialist and a curious combination of insight and distortion .
The Oresteia and the Aeneid also however have it in common that many modern
critics are reluctant to see in them ... ostensible eulogy is seen as a vehicle for
subtle criticism.27 The social settlement achieved in Eumenides may indeed be ...
Teleological narratives are less favoured now , and critics rightly insist that we
should interpret his earlier works primarily on their own terms . But the
inevitability of our reading any text in the light of what we know came later applies
to the ...
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