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Luke and Vergil: Imitations of Classical Greek Literature
MacDonald, Dennis R.

Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014 pp. xii + 259. $85.00

Description: In Luke and Vergil MacDonald proposes that the author of Luke-Acts followed Markís lead in imitating Homerís Iliad and Odyssey, but greatly expanded his project, especially in the Acts, but adding imitations not only of the epics but also of Euripidesí Bacchae and Platoís Socratic dialogues. The potential imitations include spectacular miracles, official resistance, epiphanies, prison breaks, and more. The book applies mimesis criticism and uses side-by-side comparisons to show how early Christian authors portrayed the origins of Christianity as more compelling than the Augustan Golden Age.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Luke, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature

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Review by Alexander P. Thompson
Published 10/18/2018
Citation: Alexander P. Thompson, review of Dennis R. MacDonald, Luke and Vergil: Imitations of Classical Greek Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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