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From Achilles to Christ: why Christians should read the pagan classics by Louis Markos
Publication Date: 2007-08-26
In From Achilles to Christ, Louis Markos introduces readers to the great narratives of classical mythology from a Christian perspective. From the battles of Achilles and the adventures of Odysseus to the feats of Hercules and the trials of Aeneas, Markos shows how the characters, themes and symbols within these myths both foreshadow and find their fulfillment in the story of Jesus Christ--the "myth made fact."
The Liberated Gospel: a comparison of the Gospel of Mark and Greek tragedy by Gilbert Bilezikian
Publication Date: 2010-05-01
It is generally agreed that Mark's Gospel was the first to have been written and that the Markan narrative created a literary form that inspired Matthew, Luke, and to a lesser extent, John to follow suit with the writing of their own gospels. But where did Mark go to find a framework that would shape his story? This question has been debated for more than two centuries. Several theories have been propounded but none without sufficient evidence to gain broad acceptance. It is the thesis of this book that Mark drew on the Greek tragedy, the most suitable literary genre of his time, to organize the oral and written traditions that he had collected.
Homer's the Odyssey by Leland Ryken
Publication Date: 2013-02-28
Guides readers through Homer's The Odyssey and highlights the universal theme of longing for redemption as displayed in this epic tale of a man trying to find his way home. Part of the Christian Guides to the Classics series.
The Gods of Olympus: a history by Barbara Graziosi
Publication Date: 2014-03-11
The gods of Olympus are the most colorful characters of Greek civilization: even in antiquity, they were said to be cruel, oversexed, mad, or just plain silly. Yet for all their foibles and flaws, they proved to be tough survivors, far outlasting their original worshippers. Drawing on a wide range of literary and archaeological sources,The Gods of Olympus opens a new window on the ancient world and its lasting influence.
Greek myths and Christian mystery by Hugo Rahner
Publication Date: 1963
Contents: Christian mysteries and pagan mysteries -- The mystery of the cross -- The mystery of baptism -- The christian mystery of sun and moon -- Moly and Mandragora in pagan and christian symbolism -- The willow in christian symbolism -- Odysseus at the mast.
Paul, Luke and the Graeco-Roman world : essays in honour of Alexander J.M. Wedderburn by Alf Christophersen
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
The quality of contributions in this volume reflects the eminence of Sandy Wedderburn, who taught at St Andrews before moving to Durham and finally to Munich to succeed Ferdinard Hahn. The topics addressed reflect Wedderburn's interests and include a comparison of the Lord's Supper with cultic meals in Qumran and in Hellenistic cults, glossolalia in Acts, the Lukan prologue, 'new creation' in Paul, and Adam and Christ in Romans.
Foreign but familiar gods : Greco-Romans read religion in Acts by Lynn Allan Kauppi
Publication Date: 2006-08-24
Through a close and informative reading of seven key texts in Acts, Kauppi analyses the appearances of Graeco-Roman religion, offering evidence of practices including divination and oracles, ruler cult and civic foundation myth.Foreign But Familiar Gods then uses a combination of these scriptural texts and other contemporary evidence (including archaeological and literary material) to suggest that one of Luke's subsidiary themes is to contrast Graeco-Roman and Christian religious conceptualizations and practices.
Ancient Fiction: the matrix of early Christian and Jewish narrative by Jo-Ann A. Brant; Charles W. Hedrick; Chris Shea
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
The essays in this volume examine the relationship between ancient fiction in the Greco-Roman world and early Jewish and Christian narratives. They consider how those narratives imitated or exploited conventions of fiction to produce forms of literature that expressed new ideas or shaped community identity within the shifting social and political climates of their own societies. Major authors and texts surveyed include , Shakespeare, Homer, Virgil, Plato, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Daniel, and more.
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