Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Introduction: The Context Of The Study

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book. It addresses the following questions: What is the nature of these centones? Why did some Christians combine Gospels and pagan legacy in this way? Against what background is this literature to be understood? What light might they shed on the canonical Gospels?. In order to answer these questions, the centos have to be put into a wider context, in both recent research and the ancient world. The attitudes of Christians towards Homer and Virgil varied from opposition to embracing it (considering this legacy as "propaideutic" and therefore as paving the way for higher knowledge provided by faith only). At the centre of this debate in the early church naturally stood the texts in which citations from the classical legacy do appear in New Testament writings. Judged by direct quotations, the presence of classical literature is quite meagre in the New Testament.

Keywords: canonical Gospels; centones; Christian; classical literature; Homer; Jesus; New Testament; Virgil

10.1163/ej.9789004187184.i-280.6
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004187184.i-280.6
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
10
5
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    The Gospel 'According to Homer and Virgil' — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation