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Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?: Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles Hardcover – December 1, 2003
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Since then MacDonald has applied his same technique to the Book of Tobit and the Acts of Andrew, and he has already published 4 articles in Journals re The Acts of the Apostles. The book is not much more than four more articles published as a book. It would have been more of a convenience to the reader if he had put all 8 articles in the book (especially given the high price of his books and the fact that his more recent books don't seem to come out in paperback).
There are alternate readings, especially of Mark, finding parallels to hagiographies of Julius Caesar (Gary Courtney) and the campaigns of Titus as told in Josephus (Joe Atwill). Admittedly, neither Courtney nor Atwill are as rigorous as MacDonald is, nor do they have his command of ancient Greek. However, as their parallels translate more strongly into English and are less dependant on Greek philology, they do demand attention. MacDonald ignores them. He does however discuss Bonz' 'The Past as Legacy: Luke-Acts and Ancient Epic' which finds parallels mainly in Virgil's Aeneid.
Nor does he engage with the question: If the author of Luke and Acts are the same, why are all the Homer parallels in the second book. Given the influence of Homer at the time as MacDonald describes it (with which I have no argument) it can hardly be the case that "Luke" read Homer between book 1 and book2. It is a question that deserves comment.Read more ›
Of course, as MacDonald amply attests elsewhere, Mark made use of Homer, too. Anyone could. But as to why Homer is not used on the same scale in the Gospel as in Acts, my guess is that the author of Acts merely added to the Third Gospel, which already existed in a shorter form like Marcion's. See Knox, Marcion and the New Testament for a compelling rehabilitation of the old Tubingen theory.
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Great response to those who criticize he hasn't made his case. Mimesis and intertextuality is obvious after reading so many of his other books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kerry Shirts
Dennis R. MacDonald, the Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Claremont School of Theology, has penned Does the New Testament Imitate Homer? Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by Ill-Made Knight