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Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?: Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles

Dennis R. MacDonald


This challenge to prevailing views of New Testament sources argues that the origins of passages in the book of Acts are to be found not in early Christian legends but in the epics of Homer. The book focuses on four passages in the book of Acts, examines their potential parallels in the Iliad, and concludes that the author of Acts composed them using famous scenes in Homer's work as a model. Tracing the influence of passages from the Iliad on subsequent ancient literature, it shows how the story generated a vibrant, mimetic literary tradition long before Luke composed the Acts. Luke could have ... More

Keywords: New Testament sources, book of Acts, early Christian legends, epics of Homer, Iliad, ancient literature, mimetic literary tradition, Luke, Christian God, Homeric gods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300097702
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300097702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis R. MacDonald, author