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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Nonetheless in a pluralist age which emphasises that texts can be read in a
variety of ways and are inseparable from their later reception , we may ...
Familiarity with the gospels assists rather than distracts our reading of Isaiah or
the Psalms .
So Philip ran to him , and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet , and asked , “ Do
you understand what you are reading ? And he said , ' How can I , unless
someone guides me ? And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him . Now the
In his Confessions of an Enquiring Spirit ( 1825 ) he attacks the constrictive futility
of too literal a reading of the Bible , and insists that it should be read in the same
way as other books : ' In short , whatever finds me bears witness for itself that it ...
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