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Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?

Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles

by Dennis R. MacDonald

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Published by Yale University Press .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Biblical studies, criticism & exegesis,
  • Books of the New Testament,
  • Books of the Old Testament,
  • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval,
  • Religion,
  • Religion - Commentaries / Reference,
  • Ancient (Classical) Greek,
  • Ancient and Classical,
  • Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - New Testament,
  • Religion / Bible / Criticism, Interpretation / New Testament,
  • General,
  • Acts,
  • Bible,
  • Bible.,
  • Extra-canonical parallels,
  • Greek literature,
  • Homer.,
  • Iliad,
  • N.T,
  • N.T.,
  • Relation to the New Testament

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages240
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9754406M
    ISBN 100300097700
    ISBN 109780300097702

    Jesus, however, was superior to Odysseus in that he was killed by his rivals but rose from the dead, took his place at God's side, and will eventually judge everyone. At this point MacDonald certainly puts his finger on the right spot. He also is the director of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity at Claremont. Few readers of Mark fail to see how he portrays Jesus as superior to Jewish worthies… He does the same for Greek heroes. How does Mark know what Jesus said when he was alone at Gethsemane? The author, Jeffrey W.

    Why does Mark invent a false story about John the Baptist's execution, one that implicates women? Both Jesus and Achilles knew they were fated to die and spoke of this fate often, but whereas Achilles chose his fate in exchange for "eternal fame," and for himself alone, Jesus chose Does the New Testament Imitate Homer? book in exchange for "eternal life," for all humankind. This ideal was essential in the Graeco-Roman culture, and it is reflected both in Jewish and Christian texts, e. Paul only briefly denounces the heresy which claimed that something more than Christ is needed []preferring to conduct his debate by declaring that Christ is all that is needed. With regard to young Christians, he is more pragmatic: he thinks it is essential that they get an education. Later Gospels added even more of these reversals: for instance in Matthew Jesus' father, Joseph, is replaced by Joseph of Arimathea when the duty of burial arose-a duty that should have been fulfilled by the father; likewise, contrary to expectation, the Mary who laments his death and visits his tomb is not Mary his mother, but a prostitute; and while the Jews attack Jesus for healing and doing good on the Sabbath, they in turn hold an illegal meeting, set an illegal guard, and plot evil on the Sabbath, and then break the ninth commandment the next day.

    A very literary Gospel, with nearly thirty parables and four nativity hymns, it has exerted the most influence on painters and hymn writers. Mark's dependence on the Odyssey suggests elegant solutions to some of the most enigmatic and disputed aspects of the Gospel: its depiction of the disciples as inept, greedy, cowardly, and teacherous; its interests in the sea, meals, and secrecy; and even its mysterious reference to the unnamed young man who fled naked at Jesus' arrest. Then follows a look at Jewish-Hellenistic texts; they clearly show that a life controlled by the stomach is regarded as a characteristic of paganism and foreign to Jewish piety. For a similar criticism, see J. Examples like these can make good material for sermons, and serve well the connoisseurs of visionary prose, yet don't really prove whether Mark has himself deliberately crafted the story. ISBN


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Does the New Testament Imitate Homer? by Dennis R. MacDonald Download PDF Ebook

Instead the motif and the related textual connection form the basis of the final evaluation. This means that, e. Few readers of Mark fail to see how he portrays Jesus as superior to Jewish worthies… He does Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?

book same for Greek heroes. Why is Joseph of Arimathea able to procure the body of a convict so soon from Pilate? Likewise, it should be known that much of Mark's use of Homer is to shape and detail an otherwise non-Homeric story, and the task of deciding what that core story is, or whether this core story in any given case is a Biblical emulation, or a historical fact, or a legend, or something of the author's deliberate creation, or any combination thereof, is not something MacDonald even intends to undertake in this book, although he makes some suggestions in his concluding paragraphs.

In the final part MacDonald asks whether these texts come from a mutual Jewish background or whether they can be addressed as Homeric imitation. MacDonald has provided a book based upon meticulous research, documentation, and argumentation that challenges the standard approach to the narrative texts of the NT [New Testament] and should stimulate debate, not only in the study of Acts and its narrative texts, but throughout the broader analysis of the NT as well.

So rewriting Homer to depict new religious ideas and values was a standard phenomenon. MacDonald's book therefore supports the group which is currently under pressure.

They alert us when OverDrive services are not working as expected. Against this background, Sandnes investigates a large number of New Testament and other early Christian texts related to conversion, family, fellowship and friendship. Skickas inom vardagar. Why do they go at dawn, rather than the previous night when the Sabbath had already ended?

As a biography, Luke also fits the category of a documentary life, consisting of brief fragments that record a person's life and from which a biographer might collect data for a fuller account.

Homer and the Gospel of Mark

Hebrews A letter essay written in an exalted style. Without hesitation, he drinks the poison cup. Some may reflect some sort of Does the New Testament Imitate Homer? book or historical core story, though it is almost impossible to tell when.

But to which statement does Luke's reference to Homer belong? Included in the reception-oriented perspective are also the texts about how Paul was penalized in the synagogues and the picture of Paul in Acts. Without these cookies, we won't know if you have any performance-related issues that we may be able to address.

The genre is known as the "brief life"—a compilation of the minimum of what a reader wishes to know about a person. How should Christians conduct themselves in the church? All these mysteries are explained by the same, single thesis. How are traveling disciples to conduct themselves?Jun 29,  · Dennis R.

MacDonald is Does the New Testament Imitate Homer? book Wesley Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Claremont School of Theology. He is the author or editor of a number of works, including Christianizing Homer (Oxford University Press), The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark, and Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles (both from Yale University Press).

These two volumes of The New Testament and Greek Literature are the magnum opus of biblical scholar Dennis R. MacDonald, outlining the profound connections between the New Testament and classical Greek poetry.

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