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Title: Bible and Hellenism: Greek Influence on Jewish and Early Christian Literature
Author: Thompson, Thomas L
Additional Authors or Contributors: Philippe Wajdenbaum (eds)
Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2014
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781844657865
Volumes: 1; Pages: 320
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Did the Bible only take its definitive form after Alexander conquered the Near East, after the Hellenisation of the Samaritans and Jews, and after the founding of the great library of Alexandria? The Bible and Hellenism takes up one of the most pressing and controversial questions of Bible Studies today: the influence of classical literature on the writing and formation of the Bible.
Bringing together a wide range of international scholars, The Bible and Hellenism explores the striking parallels between biblical and earlier Greek literature and examines the methodological issues raised by such comparative study. The book argues that the oral traditions of historical memory are not the key factor in the creation of biblical narrative. It demonstrates that Greek texts - from such authors as Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus and Plato - must be considered amongst the most important sources for the Bible.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Making Room for Japheth
Thomas L. Thompson and Philippe Wajdenbaum
Part I: A Mediterranean or Ancient Near Eastern Context?
1. Ancient Historiography, Biblical Stories and Hellenism
Emanuel Pfoh, National University of La Plata, Argentina
2. Editing the Bible: Alexandria or Babylon?
Etienne Nodet, o.p., Ecole Biblique et Arch�ologique de J�rusalem
3. Greek Evidence for the Hebrew Bible
Russell E. Gmirkin, University of Portland, USA
4. The Philistines as Intermediaries Between the Aegean and the Near East
Lukasz Niesioowski-Span�, University of Warsaw, Poland
5. Narrative Reiteration and Comparative Literature: Problems in Defining Dependency
Thomas L. Thompson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Part II: Greek-Jew or Jew-Greek?
6. Stranger and City Girl: An Isomorph Between Genesis, and Homer's Odyssey, 6-13
Yaakov S. Kupitz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
7. Hesiod's Heroic Age and the Biblical Period of the Judges
Philippe Guillaume, University of Bern, Switzerland
8. Sex, Violence and State Formation in Judges 19-21
Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
9. Israel, the Antithesis of Hellas: Enslavement, Exile and Return in the Greek Solon Tradition and the Hebrew Bible
Flemming A.J. Nielsen, University of Greenland
Part III: Fleets from Kittim (Num. 24:24) - Roman-Era Texts
10. The Books of the Maccabees and Polybius
Philippe Wajdenbaum, University of Brussels, Belgium
11. Text and Commentary: The Pesharim of Qumran in the Context of Hellenistic Scholarship
Reinhard G. Kratz, Georg August Universit�t, G�ttingen, Germany
12. Josephus in the Tents of Shem and Japheth: The Status of Ancient Authors in Josephus' Treatise Against Apion 1.1-218
Ingrid Hjelm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
13. Recognition Scenes in the Odyssey and the Gospels
John Taylor, Tonbridge School, Kent, UK
14. Hesiod's Theogony and the Book of Revelation 4, 12, and 19-20
Bruce Louden, University of Texas at El Paso, USA