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“Ὦ ἀνόητοι καὶ βραδεῖς τῇ καρδίᾳ”

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Luke, Aesop, and Reading Scripture

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Scholars have overlooked a direct parallel between Luke’s pericope of the Walk to Emmaus (24:13-35) and two Aesopic fables. This article investigates the parallel, which appears as a quotation on the lips of Jesus, and the direction of its literary dependence. Analysis of both internal and external evidence commends understanding the fables to reflect Luke due to its well-known status, but none of the arguments are definitive. The evidence also allows the possibility that Luke portrayed Jesus quoting Aesop, perhaps as an ironic hermeneutical critique. Both explanations for the direction of dependence are satisfactory in their own ways, and may only be resolved with further analysis or the appearance of more textual evidence.

Affiliations: 1: University of CambridgeUK


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