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This examine specializes in the apocryphal Acts of Andrew (c. 2 hundred CE), which purports to inform the tale of the travels, miracles, and martyrdom of the apostle Andrew. conventional scholarship has searched for the heritage of such writings in Jewish and Christian scriptures. MacDonald, although, breaks with that version and appears to vintage literature for the resources of this tale. in particular, he argues that the Acts signify an try and rework Greco-Roman fable into Christian narrative different types via telling the tale of Andrew when it comes to Homeric epic, particularly the Odyssey. MacDonald provides a point-by-point comparability of the 2 works, discovering the resemblances so robust, a variety of, and tendentious that they nearly compel the reader to contemplate the Acts a transformative "rewriting" of the epic. This discovery not just sheds invaluable gentle at the makes use of of Homer within the early church but in addition considerably contributes to our figuring out of the reception of Homer within the empire as a whole.

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