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Mythologizing Jesus: From Jewish Teacher to Epic Hero
MacDonald, Dennis R.

Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 pp. xiii + 164. $34.00

Description: 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 superheroóhe 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 doesnít call into question the existence of Jesus but rather asks readers to examine the biblical stories about him through a new, mythological lens.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique

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Review by Glenn E. Snyder
Published 10/25/2018
Citation: Glenn E. Snyder, review of Dennis R. MacDonald, Mythologizing Jesus: From Jewish Teacher to Epic Hero, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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