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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Telemachus seems to know already ( in an almost Platonist way ) how the axes
are set up , though he has never seen it done ( 21.120-3 ) . After the Suitors have
abandoned their attempts and the contest seems finished , Homer marks the ...
Several different aetiological accounts seem to have been offered in Erigone : as
well as the constellations , and an Attic ... This important spring festival honoured
Dionysus as god of wine , but Eratosthenes seems also to have introduced a ...
Others said , ' He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities ' - because he
preached Jesus and the Resurrection . And they took hold of him and brought
him to the Areopagus , saying , ' May we know what this new teaching is which
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