Description: What does it mean for Jesus to be “deified” in early Christian literature? Early Christians did not simply assert Jesus’ divinity; in their literature, they depicted Jesus with the specific and widely recognized traits of Mediterranean deities.
Relying on the methods of the history of religions and ranging judiciously across Hellenistic literature, M. David Litwa shows that at each stage in their depiction of Jesus’ life and ministry, early Christian writings from the beginning relied on categories drawn not from Judaism alone, but on a wide, pan-Mediterranean understanding of deity.
Subjects: Bible, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches
Review by Joseph Verheyden
Citation: Joseph Verheyden, review of M. David Litwa, Iesus Deus: The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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