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 Aeneid is about relocation , of the Trojans and of literary authority.28 It is an
imperial epic not only by celebrating Roman dominion , but by its own nature .
For just as Rome colonises and embraces other lands and cultures , so too the ...
Literary texts were in ancient education routinely assumed to provide moral
exemplars . Narratives of great deeds and heroic characters offered models for
imitation , giving shape and meaning to more ordinary lives . This is made explicit
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Acts in its Ancient Literary Context ( T. and T. Clark ) . ( 2005b ) “ The Four among
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