This presentation will explore the literary and cultural similarities between the theme of recognition in two works by Greek authors; Homer’s Odyssey and The Gospel of Luke, at the end of which both Odysseus and Jesus appear as strangers to their followers. These literary works use the same Greek word, epignosko to describe the kind of deep, penetrating knowledge required for recognition of the true person of Odysseus and Jesus. Such knowledge is understood within the context of four distinct narrative patterns, the most important of which is the loving surrender of one’s heart. The presentation will develop these narrative patterns and conclude with a discussion of both the challenges and rich possibilities that Luke’s borrowing of Homer might have for our own most recognition of the true person of Jesus as risen.
October 11, 2019
8:30 AM – 1 PM
Dr. Jane Kelley Rodeheffer is a philosopher who currently holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Great Books at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She holds degrees from Boston College, Harvard, and Vanderbilt Universities. In the Fall of 2019, she is the Killian McDonnell Fellow in residence at the Collegeville Institute.