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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l This dimension is at least as important in Homer as the sense of tragic waste . In
the vision of the Iliad , war is more intense and real than ordinary life , but
ordinary life itself is more intense and real than the life of the gods : we recognise
Such encounters indeed form an important part of the background to the
Odyssean exploration of recognition in human contexts which we have
considered already . But the theme of internalised recognition ( a different
trajectory from the same ...
This provides an important further similarity to the Bible . Gabriel Josipovici
stresses how as we read on we constantly find that people prove different from
what we first thought , or less important than they seemed : ' descent is not
through the ...
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History Tragedy and Philosophy
Virgil Between Two Worlds
Foolishness to Greeks
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