Classical Greek models of the Gospels and Acts: studies in Mimesis criticism

The contributions open a window to an impressive variety of reactions to Dennis MacDonald’s work, often connecting standard historical assumptions with an entirely new vision that transcends the classical array of exegetical methods and ventures into the realm of artistic expression through imitation of literary role models. In antiquity, higher education immersed students into mimetic exercises to train them as public speakers. The authors and editors, whose writings have found their way into the canonical collection, were no exceptions.–David Trobisch, Technische Universität DresdenThese keen, but clear-eyed, scholars deftly ply the tools of mimesis criticism to build up the body of evidence substantiating that early Christian authors, like their Greco-Roman contemporaries, imitated the works of revered authors such as Euripides to craft meaningful narratives.