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 whole scene gives the reader a sense both of a benignly numinous
presence , and of familiarity with a place which Odysseus himself will initially fail
to recognise . The passage is famous because the Neoplatonist philosopher
The account of the god's eastern journey in Euripides ( Ba . 13-22 ) gives us the
embryo of this story . Its later development has a complicated relationship to the
campaigns of Alexander the Great , who was perhaps already in his lifetime ...
The gleaming weapons that will one day be rusting in the ground are the obverse
of the golden buildings that may one day again give place to a field of cattle .
Aeneas encouraging his comrades in a storm at sea says forsan et haec olim ...
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