n Neotestamentica - Ulyssean qualities in The Life of Josephus and Luke-Acts : a modest defence of Homeric mimesis

Volume 53 Number 3
  • ISSN : 0254-8356
  • E-ISSN: 2518-4628


Dennis R. MacDonald has published numerous books and articles arguing that narrative literature of the New Testament imitates Graeco-Roman epic by reinterpreting and reframing important episodes of the Homeric cycle with figures of early Christianity. Reaction to his work has been largely negative, as commentators commonly object that the Jewish Scriptures were more probable conversation partners for early Christian writers than Homer. The present article suggests that both MacDonald and his detractors may benefit from comparing Homeric imitation in Josephus’s Life with purported Homeric imitation in Luke-Acts.1

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