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 scene with Athene shows how hospitality expresses morality . It has also
provided the context for recognition . The two themes are constantly linked .
Bystanders can remain in ignorance when a recognition takes place , as the
Suitors do ...
In the nineteenth century similar devices were famously employed by the heavier
hands of the PreRaphaelites : Millais in Christ in the House of his Parents ( 1850
) shows the boy surrounded by symbols of his destined Passion , and Holman ...
Philip Hardie in Cosmos and Imperium shows how the poet draws a far -
reaching parallel between the functioning of the Roman empire and the
organisation of the universe , in both cases with a sense not only of their current
operation but ...
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