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Mimesis, the Gospels, and Their Greek Sources

Mimesis, the Gospels, and Their Greek Sources October 14, 2021

Sorry to just post another video, but this was really interesting. In fact, it turns out that I forgot – literally forgot – to put in my Joseph of Arimathea section in my Resurrection book the very robust theory that Joseph of Arimathea was modelled mimetically on Priam from Homer’s Iliad.

I really do need to release a second edition already because there is so so much about the Gospels is a case are emulating – openly and intentionally – these Greek sources.

The texts were written in Greek and so obviously they were for Greek-speaking Jews and gentiles. This mimetic idea is accepted within analysis of the Septuagint, so it is odd that there is pushback when considering the Gospels. Or, as one commenter stated:

It’s “interesting” that in an undergraduate Bible degree program, the “allusions” to the Septuagint is well recognized and accepted, in fact it’s emphasized – ie “Jesus is a better… Adam, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, David… etc.” BUT as soon as the obviously same thing is being done in secular texts, Bible scholars throw up their hands in protest.

This video is a toe-dip into this world, and it shows how much it prevails. I have been privy to MacDonald’s Magnum Opus on this, hopefully forthcoming from someone, somewhere. It’s masterful and leaves you with no doubt. After all, when every Greek writer would have learned Greek through reading and writing the Greek epics and classics, such as Homer’s works, then there is no surprise that such works end up being used and reformulated into the Gospels.

Anywho, watch this. I loved it:


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