Tue, Aug 03 | Online Event

Catholic Biblical Association of America Annual Meeting

One Sister or Two? Differing Depictions of the Lazarus Story in John's Gospel
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Catholic Biblical Association of America Annual Meeting

Time & Location

Aug 03, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online Event

About the event

This Continuing Seminar at the CBA Annual Meeting will examine some of the earliest artistic renderings of the Lazarus story, which regularly depict one sister rather than two. As a point of comparison, some Homeric vase paintings of the sixth and early fifth centuries BCE do not “match” standard versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey as they have come down to us today. Steven Lowenstam has concluded that “with regard to Iliadic and Odyssean myth, the versions of the epic tradition preserved in our inherited, written texts do not have authoritative status for the vase-painters of the sixth and early fifth centuries.”  This Continuing Seminar will consider the possibility that the two-sister version of the Lazarus story did not hold “authoritative status” for early Christian artists before the story became standardized into our received text.

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