Hellenism and the Primary History
  • Release Date : 30 September 2020
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Genre : History
  • Pages : 216 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 9781000164923
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Download or read book entitled Hellenism and the Primary History by author: Robert Karl Gnuse which was release on 30 September 2020 and published by Routledge with total page 216 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. This collection of essays seeks to demonstrate that many biblical authors deliberately used Classical and Hellenistic Greek texts for inspiration when crafting many of the narratives in the Primary History. Through detailed analysis of the text, Gnuse contends that there are numerous examples of clear influence from late classical and Hellenistic literature. Deconstructing the biblical and Greek works in parallel, he argues that there are too many similarities in basic theme, meaning, and detail, for them to be accounted for by coincidence or shared ancient tropes. Using this evidence, he suggests that although much of the text may originate from the Persian period, large parts of its final form likely date from the Hellenistic era. With the help of an original introduction and final chapter, Gnuse pulls his essays together into a coherent collection for the first time. The resultant volume offers a valuable resource for anyone working on the dating of the Hebrew Bible, as well as those working on Hellenism in the ancient Levant more broadly.