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The major themes found in the Oresteia and the books of Luke and Acts of the Apostles are compared. By focusing on the similarities found in the themes of Justice, Religion, and New versus Old, the reader may determine if the phrase in question is being used as a literary allusion in the book of Acts of the Apostles to the Oresteia trilogy. The author believes this to be the case and believes that to arrive at a full understanding of the literary meaning of the phrase in question, an understanding of the major themes of the Oresteia is necessary.


This paper was submitted as a fulfillment towards the Senior Thesis requirements of the Southern Scholars program. The author believes more research must be done on the subject to arrive at a fuller conclusion as there were very few academic mentions of this connection at the time of the writing of this paper.