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The Rhetorical Context Of Biblical Epics

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This chapter argues about the relevant material accumulated by MacDonald to suggest that literary models are found primarily in the Homeric epics with reference to hidden or subtle emulation intended by the author. It investigates two related questions: In the first place, to what extent is advertisement required in mimesis? Did mimesis take the form of a hidden and subtle intersection of texts, due to the fact that the classical legacy was so much in the air, for composer and reader of the Gospels alike? If so, what does this kind of mimesis imply for the interpretation? Paraphrase implies that "elaboration is dependent on a canonical or received text from which it takes inspiration and/or narrative material". The chapter demonstrates that this is indeed the case with the Virgilian and Homeric paraphrases of the Gosples found in the centos; they are inspired by the biblical text.

Keywords: Biblical Epics; Gospels; Homeric epics; Homeric paraphrases; Virgilian paraphrases



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