Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters


Editor: Maren Niehoff
Thus far intepretations of Homer and the Bible have largely been studied in isolation even though both texts became foundational for Western civilisation and were often commented upon in the same cultural context. The present collection of articles redresses this imbalance by bringing together scholars from different fields and offering prioneering essays, which cross traditional boundaries and interpret Biblical and Homeric interpreters in light of each other. The picture which emerges from these studies in highly complex: Greek, Jewish and Christian readers were concerned with similar literary and religious questions, often defining their own position in dialogue with others. Special attention is given to three central corpora: the Alexandrian scholia, Philo, Platonic writers of the Imperial Age, rabbinic exegesis.

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Maren R. Niehoff, D.Phil. (1989) in Jewish Studies, Oxford University, is Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was publisehd extensively on Philo, ancient Judaism and early Christianity, including her recent book Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship (Cambridge, 2011).
All those interested in Hellenistic Culture, Ancient Judaism, early Christianity, the history of Alexandria, the emergence of the rabbinic movement, history of exegesis, encounter between religion and culture.