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Bibil Identifier bibil:207236
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Joseph as a Model for Faunus-Hermes: Myth, History, and Fiction in the Fourth Century
Author Garstad, Benjamin
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 63, Issue: 5)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 493-521 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Faunus-who-is-also-Hermes is one of the composite god-kings dealt with in the polemical Christian 'Picus-Zeus narrative' of the fourth century. The narrative of his life is based on the Biblical account of Joseph, along with the elaborations on Joseph's life in Hellenistic Jewish fiction. Whereas Joseph is a virtuous hero, however, Faunus-Hermes is a villain who practices sorcery and usurpation and ultimately induces men to worship him as a god. The Hellenistic novels and especially the philosophical considerations of Philo of Alexandria accentuate the ambiguities in Joseph which might allow a bad character to be developed out of his good character. The Clementine Recognitions, moreover, offer an understanding of history and human character according to which good and evil come in contrasting and inimical pairs. Altogether, the use of Joseph as a model for Faunus-Hermes allows the author to subtly introduce a moral message in what seems to be a blunt and unadorned history.
DOI DOI:10.1163/157007208X389875
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Novel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : Fourth Century
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Intertextuality
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Joseph
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Pseudo-Clementine Literature : Recognitions
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Magic
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