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Mythologizing Jesus: From Jewish Teacher to Epic Hero

MacDonald, Dennis R.

Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Title: Mythologizing Jesus: From Jewish Teacher to ...

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Binding: Hardcover

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Num Pages: 178 pages, 1 black & white illustrations, 4 black & white halftones, 28 tables. BIC Classification: HRCA; HRKP3. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 162 x 279 x 21. Weight in Grams: 420. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780742558915

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Synopsis: Our culture is well-populated with superheroes: Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and more. Superheroes are not a modern invention; in fact, they are prehistoric. The gods and goddesses of the Greeks, for example, walked on water, flew, visited the land of the dead, and lived forever. Ancient Christians told similar stories about Jesus, their primary superhero?he possessed incredible powers of healing, walked on water, rose from the dead, and more. Dennis R. MacDonald shows how the stories told in the Gospels parallel many in Greek and Roman epics with the aim of compelling their readers into life-changing decisions to follow Jesus. MacDonald doesn?t call into question the existence of Jesus but rather asks readers to examine the biblical stories about him through a new, mythological lens.

About the Author: Dennis MacDonald is professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Claremont Graduate School and Claremont School of Theology. He is also director of the Institute for Antiquity & Christianity. He is the author of several other books, including The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark.

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