The Dionysian Gospel: The Fourth Gospel and Euripides

The Dionysian Gospel: The Fourth Gospel and Euripides

by Dennis R. MacDonald

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Overview

MacDonald observes that the Fourth Gospel sounds themes proper to the Greek god Dionysos (the Roman Bacchus), not least as he was depicted in Euripides’s play The Bacchae. A divine figure, offspring of a divine father and human mother, takes on flesh to live among mortals, but is rejected by his own; miraculously provides wine; includes women as his close devotees; dies a violent death—and returns to life. The Johannine Evangelist not only imitated Euripides but expected his readers to recognize Jesus as greater than Dionysos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506421667
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dennis R. MacDonald is John Wesley Professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Claremont School of Theology and the author of numerous books, including Mythologizing Jesus: From Jewish Teacher to Epic Hero (2015), The Gospels and Homer (2015), and Luke and Vergil (2014).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction xv

1 The Beginning of the Johannine Tradition 1

2 The Earliest Gospel Stratum and Euripides' Bacchae: An Intertextual Commentary 23

3 Rewriting the Gospel 125

4 The Final Gospel Stratum and a Johannine Corpus 137

Appendix 1 A Conjectural Reconstruction of the Dionysian Gospel 173

Appendix 2 Euripides' Bacchae 203

Appendix 3 The Sinful Woman (John 7:53-8:11) 219

Bibliography 223

Author Index 235

Ancient Sources Index 239

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