Classics and the Bible: Hospitality and Recognition (Classical Literature and Society)
"Classics and the Bible" looks at story-patterns and themeswhich Greek and Latin literature shares with the Hebrew scripturesand the New Testament. Direct influence or a common source canexplain some similarities, but uncannily parallel plots and formsof expression seem more often to occur independently. Classical andbiblical texts constantly illuminate each other. Hospitality andrecognition are central themes in both traditions, and alsometaphors about the relation between them. Classical and biblicalauthors alike tell stories which need to be read in the light ofother stories. The relation between the present and the heroic pastis crucial to both traditions, and both raise fundamental questionsabout the relation of text and reader. The first three chaptersconsider the subject from the classical side: Homer, the Greektragedians and Plato, and Virgil; the fourth turns to the NewTestament; and the fifth to aspects of later reception. Readersshould ideally be equipped with a Bible, English translations of afew major classical authors, and an open mind.