Genesis 2–3 and Alcibiades’s speech in Plato’s Symposium : a cultural critical reading

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dc.contributor.author Dafni, Evangelia G.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-30T09:36:04Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-30T09:36:04Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-26
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this article is to discuss some basic problems and methodological steps concerning the encounter between Hebrews and Greeks in the Classical period and its impact on the Hellenistic era. The relationship between the Old Testament and Ancient Greek literature will be examined on the basis of Genesis 2–3 and Alcibiades’s speech in Plato’s Symposium (212c–223d). The following considerations and models of interpretation can arise from the analysis of Alcibiades’s speech compared to M- and LXX-Genesis 2–3: (1) Ancient Greek writers were familiar with Old Testament oral or written traditions through improvised translations. They prepared the way for the LXX and, in their compositions, were in dispute with them although they do not make specific references to the Hebrews and their literature; (2) Hebrew authors knew the works of Ancient Greek authors and used Greek philosophical terminology which they creatively adapted to Semitic models; (3) Both models are possible. One should not rush to any decisions but examine each case individually, in the original language. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Dafni, E.G., 2015, ‘Genesis 2–3 and Alcibiades’s speech in Plato’s Symposium: A cultural critical reading', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(1), Art. #2903, 6 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2903. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2903
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51006
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Genesis 2–3 en_ZA
dc.subject Alcibiades’s speech en_ZA
dc.subject Hellenistic era en_ZA
dc.subject Plato’s symposium en_ZA
dc.subject Tempter and temptation en_ZA
dc.subject Beauty and wisdom en_ZA
dc.subject Shame and repentance en_ZA
dc.subject Knowledge of good and evil en_ZA
dc.subject Serpent imagery en_ZA
dc.title Genesis 2–3 and Alcibiades’s speech in Plato’s Symposium : a cultural critical reading en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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