The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

by Dennis R. MacDonald
ISBN-10:
0300080123
ISBN-13:
9780300080124
Pub. Date:
05/28/2000
Publisher:
Yale University Press

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The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

In this book, MacDonald argues that the author of Mark consciously emulated Homeric epic. He begins by describing the common Greco-Roman custom of teaching prose composition through mimesis (Greek) or imitatio (Latin) and by pointing out several examples of their practice in pagan, Jewish and later Christian texts. He then proceeds to make the controversial case that large portions of Mark draw either directly on the texts or indirectly on the topoi of Homer. The argument is compelling and meticulously constructed. Both of our readers agree that this is important, groundbreaking work that will revolutionize the study of the gospels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300080124
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Mark and Mimesis
1(15)
Carpenters Who Suffer Many Things
15(5)
Foolish Companions
20(4)
Sons of Thunder
24(9)
Murderous Usurpers
33(11)
Recognitions
44(11)
Sleeping Sailors
55(8)
Speluncular Savages
63(14)
Femmes Fatales
77(6)
Feasts for Thousands
83(8)
Transfigurations
91(6)
Blind Seers
97(5)
Untriumphal Entries
102(9)
Anointing Women
111(9)
Water Carriers
120(4)
Last Suppers before Hades
124(7)
Death Predictions
131(4)
Violent Deaths
135(13)
Hydropatetics
148(6)
Rescued Corpses
154(8)
Tombs at Dawn
162(7)
Conclusion
169(22)
Appendix 1: Homer's Story of Odyseus 191(3)
Appendix 2: The Beginnings of the Odyssey and the Gospel of Mark 194(4)
Appendix 3: The Endings of the Iliad and the Gospel of Mark 198(3)
Abbreviations 201(2)
Notes 203(42)
Bibliography 245(12)
Index 257

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