Category Archives: Classics

Idealized Portraits of Jesus, Alexander the Great, and Aesop

I have been busy working on my dissertation recently, which has taken away some time from blogging, but today I will (briefly) share something interesting from my research. The topic of my dissertation is an analysis of the generic and thematic … Continue reading

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Patterns of Myth-Making Between the Lives of Alexander the Great and Jesus Christ

Recently on Κέλσος I have been discussing the Alexander Romance and some of the similarities that this mythical biography of Alexander the Great shares with the New Testament Gospels. The earliest Greek version of the Alexander Romance that we possess dates to … 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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Allegorical Characters with Common Names in the Alexander Romance and the Gospels

In my previous post I discussed the genre of Greek popular-novelistic biography, and why I think that the NT Gospels, out of the broad spectrum of ancient biographical literature, most resemble this biographical subtype, on the basis of a number … Continue reading

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Greek Popular Biography: Romance, Contest, Gospel

Alright, I have finished grading exams, advanced to Ph.D. candidacy, and wrapped up the Winter 2016 academic quarter. I have also been catching up on rest and exercise this past week, while recovering from a very busy and stressful last … Continue reading

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SBL 2015: Bible, Myth, and Myth-Theory

Last month I attended the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Atlanta where there was a special session (Bible, Myth, and Myth-Theory) dedicated to the research of NT scholar Dennis MacDonald. I have discussed MacDonald’s use of mimesis criticism in my post … Continue reading

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Presenting at the SBL Pacific Coast 2016 Regional Meeting

I have received news that a paper, which I submitted to the SBL Pacific Coast 2016 regional meeting, has been accepted for presentation in the NT Gospels and Acts section. My paper is titled “The Certamen of Homer and Hesiod and … Continue reading

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Presenting at the AAR Western Region 2016 Annual Conference

I just received news that my abstract has been accepted to the American Academy of Religion West Coast Region 2016 annual conference. I will be presenting on ancient polytheism and the problem of defining Paganism as the cultural and religious “other.” … Continue reading

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Whitney Shiner, “Creating Plot in Episodic Narratives: The Life of Aesop and the Gospel of Mark”

In my last post I discussed Lawrence Wills’ comparison of the Gospels’ literary genre to the Life of Aesop, as a hybrid of ancient novel and biography, in The Quest of the Historical Gospel. In this followup post, I will also discuss Whitney Shiner’s … 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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