Did the Bible only take its definitive form after Alexander conquered the Near East, after the Hellenisation of the Samaritans and Jews, and after the founding of the great library of Alexandria? The Bible and Hellenism takes up one of the most pressing and controversial questions of Bible Studies today: the influence of classical literature on the writing and formation of the Bible. Bringing together a wide range of international scholars, The Bible and Hellenism explores the striking parallels between biblical and earlier Greek literature and examines the methodological issues raised by such comparative study. The book argues that the oral traditions of historical memory are t the key factor in the creation of biblical narrative. It demonstrates that Greek texts - from such authors as Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus and Plato - must be considered amongst the most important sources for the Bible.
Thomas L. Thompson is Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen, whose many works include The Messiah Myth: The Near Eastern Roots of Jesus and David. Philippe Wajdenbaum is Lecturer at the University of Brussels and author of Argonauts of the Desert: Structural Analysis of the Hebrew Bible.