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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1 : 3 ) , and no humanly created light is needed in the New Jerusalem ( Rev. 22 :
5 ) . The beacon light seen by the Watchman at the beginning of Agamemnon is
echoed by the torchlight procession which ends Eumenides . We sense in each ...
Plato frequently invites us to read in the light of later events : as usual in ancient
literature , the full effect depends on knowing the story already . The portrait of the
young Alcibiades in the Symposium is coloured by our awareness of his ...
And God said , ' Let there be light ; and there was light . ( Gen. 1 : 3 ) The
splendour of these words bursts upon us like the light they describe : it is for this
that they are quoted , in a way unique in any pagan writer , by the author of the
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History Tragedy and Philosophy
Virgil Between Two Worlds
Foolishness to Greeks
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