Tag Archives: Ancient Biography

Diegesis and Mimesis: A Very Brief Introduction

Another major part of working on a dissertation in the humanities is that you will usually incorporate some form of literary theory into the central thesis of your argument. I have discussed in a previous post some current theory of … Continue reading

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Understanding the Value of Biblical Parallels

Here on Κέλσος I frequently discuss parallels between the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and Christianity and other literature, historical figures, and religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. I am likewise currently working on a dissertation that compares the Gospels to popular-novelistic … Continue reading

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Homeric Mimesis in the Alexander Romance

Recently I posted a guest blog by NT scholar Dennis MacDonald, which discusses the possible use of Homeric mimesis in the canonical Gospels, particularly the Gospel of Mark. Mimesis of earlier literature is a common literary technique found in the genre … Continue reading

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Lawrence Wills: “The Life of Aesop and the Hero Cult Paradigm in the Gospel Tradition”

In an earlier blog essay I compared the genre of the New Testament Gospels with The Certamen of Homer and Hesiod as a hybrid of ancient novel and biography. As I discuss in my essay “Are the Gospels Ancient Biographies?: The Spectrum of … Continue reading

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The Certamen of Homer and Hesiod and the Gospels: Some Comparanda

In my earlier essay “Ancient Historical Writing Compared to the Gospels of the New Testament,” I contrasted the canonical Gospels with the genres of ancient historiography and historical biography. To be sure, historiography and biography were not the same genre in antiquity, … Continue reading

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SBL/AAR 2014: Plutarch and the New Testament

Things have been insanely busy this academic quarter, which is why I announced earlier this year that I will be on something of a sabbatical from blogging, until I finish my qualifying exams and advance to candidacy in my Ph.D. … Continue reading

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Are the Gospels Ancient Biographies?: The Spectrum of Ancient Βίοι

In a number of subsequent posts, I will be doing a blog series evaluating the comparison of the canonical NT Gospels with the genre of Graeco-Roman biography in antiquity. Ancient biography is one of my major research areas in Classics, and … Continue reading

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