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  • Dionysian Gospel : The Fourth Gospel And Euripides



    1. The Beginning Of The Johannine Tradition
    2. The Earliest Gospel Stratum And Euripides’s Bacchae: An Intertextual Commentary
    3. Rewriting The Gospel
    4. The Final Gospel Stratum And A Johannine Corpus

    1. A Conjectural Reconstruction Of The Dionysian Gospel
    2. Euripides’s Bacchae
    3. The Sinful Woman (John 7:53-8:11)


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    “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” Dennis R. MacDonald offers a provocative explanation of those scandalous words of Christ from the Fourth Gospel-an explanation that he argues would hardly have surprised some of the Gospel’s early readers. John sounds themes that would have instantly been recognized as proper to the Greek god Dionysos (the Roman Bacchus), not least as he was depicted in Euripides’s play The Bacchae. A divine figure, the offspring of a divine father and human mother, takes on flesh to live among mortals but is rejected by his own. He miraculously provides wine and offers it as a sacred gift to his devotees, women prominent among them, dies a violent death-and returns to life. Yet John takes his drama in a dramatically different direction: while Euripides’s Dionysos exacts vengeance on the Theban throne, the Johannine Christ offers life to his followers. MacDonald employs mimesis criticism to argue that the earliest evangelist not only imitated Euripides but expected his readers to recognize Jesus as greater than Dionysos.

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  • Legend And The Apostle


    The apostle Paul–antifeminist conformist, or social radical? Combining New Testament studies with folkloristic methods to search for the true identity of Paul, the author sheds new light on the apocryphal Acts of Paul and the Pastoral Epistles of the canonical New Testament.

    With this book, the legends surrounding the apostle have been rescued from near oblivion and properly placed in the Pauline tradition. Formulated in the days of early Christianity and handed down through the centuries, they cast new light on Paul’s views about the ordination of women, the forms of Christian community, and the meaning of the gospel for politics, society, and sexuality.

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