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From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics [Paperback]

By Louis Markos (Author)
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Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 26, 2007
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830825932  
EAN  9780830825936  


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In From Achilles to Christ, Louis Markos introduces readers to the great narratives of classical mythology from a Christian perspective. He dispels common notions about the dangers of reading classical literature and shows how hero stories are a foreshadowing of Christ.

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"The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact." --C. S. Lewis In From Achilles to Christ, Louis Markos introduces readers to the great narratives of classical mythology from a Christian perspective. From the battles of Achilles and the adventures of Odysseus to the feats of Hercules and the trials of Aeneas, Markos shows how the characters, themes and symbols within these myths both foreshadow and find their fulfillment in the story of Jesus Christ--the "myth made fact." Along the way, he dispels misplaced fears about the dangers of reading classical literature, and offers a Christian approach to the interpretation and appropriation of these great literary works. This engaging and eminently readable book is an excellent resource for Christian students, teachers and readers of classical literature.

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Louis Markos (PhD, University of Michigan) is professor of English and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University. He is the author of twelve books and has published over 120 book chapters, essays, and reviews in various magazines and journals. He lives in Houston with his wife, Donna, and their two children.

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and six grandchildren.



Louis Markos was born in 1964.

Louis Markos has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition


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Superb !! Profoundly thoughtful insights !!  Aug 12, 2007
An outstanding introduction to ancient Greek/Roman literarty classics from a Christian perspective, Markos leads the reader through some prominent ancient Greek/Roman literary works, explaining the highlights of the "stories" and then digging deeper into their meanings and how they sort of "jive" with some of the biblical themes of God, humanity, and redemption. Just as the gospel was set forth in shadowy, veiled form in the "old testament", there were glimmers of the gospel to be found in non-hebraic thought of antiquity as well. From Homer's Illiad and Odyssey, to Hesiod's Theogony, to Virgil's Aeneid, as well as the plays of Sophocles, Euripedes and Aeschylus, the author "demonstrates how the characters, themes and symbols within these myths both foreshadow and find their fulfillment in the story of Jesus Christ- the myth made fact. Along the way, he dispels misplaced fears about the dangers of reading classical literature and offers a Christian approach to the appropriation and interpretation of these great literary works." (from the book's back cover) Must, must reading for thoughful christians wanting to understand something of the popular stories and literature of the wider Greco-Roman World of which the new testament was a part.
 

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