"Homerocentos" as the Most Extreme Attempt to Hellenize Christianity

Marek Gilski

The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow , Poland

Ks. Marek Gilski, prezbiter archidiecezji krakowskiej, doktor habilitowany nauk teologicznych, doktor filologii klasycznej, pracownik katedry Charytologii, Mariologii i Sakramentologii na Wydziale Teologicznym Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie.


https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4588-2038


Abstract

This article presents and evaluates one of the attempts to Hellenize Christianity. It concerns the Homerocentos, works written in Christian circles from the 4th century onwards, which convey the message of the Gospel almost exclusively using the vocabulary of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The text includes a discussion of the technique of creating these works, their content, form, and theology. The analysis of Homerocentos leads to the following conclusions: a) it is impossible to understand and properly interpret Christianity without the knowledge of Homeric poems; b) the Gospel is only a new interpretation of the Iliad and the Odyssey; c) Christianity does not bring new content, but only organizes what is available in culture.

Keywords:

Homerocentos, Hellenization, Christianity

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Published
2021-09-30


Gilski, M. (2021). "Homerocentos" as the Most Extreme Attempt to Hellenize Christianity. Verbum Vitae, 39(3), 995–1005. https://doi.org/10.31743/vv.12869

Marek Gilski 
The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow

Ks. Marek Gilski, prezbiter archidiecezji krakowskiej, doktor habilitowany nauk teologicznych, doktor filologii klasycznej, pracownik katedry Charytologii, Mariologii i Sakramentologii na Wydziale Teologicznym Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie.

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4588-2038



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