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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Bow and lyre are alike as stringed instruments requiring special skill , and both
are under the patronage of Apollo on whose festival day these events are taking
place . At the crucial point where Odysseus strings the bow , hero and bard are ...
In this story Jacob is the Hero on a Quest , God stands behind the narrative as the
Originator of the quest , and the stranger with whom Jacob wrestles is the
Opponent , who aims to prevent the hero from accomplishing his mission .
And we see once again in Alexander how the conquering hero who dies while
still young haunts the imagination of the ancient world . A key fact about Virgil is
that he emulated Homer . But so had Alexander : the impetus exists in life as well
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History Tragedy and Philosophy
Virgil Between Two Worlds
Foolishness to Greeks
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