I wish I had thought of this. Leithart's thoughts on the similarity between the Gospel of John and Homer's Odyssey are, if nothing else, provocative:
And throughout John's gospel, Jesus is the elusive hero, the one born of the Spirit who comes and goes where He pleases and is heard but not grasped or seen. In some sense, he remains the hidden hero until His un-veiling in John's second volume, the "Apocalypse," when, like Odysseus, he returns to His bride to destroy the unruly suitors.
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