Mythologizing Jesus.

Author:Summers, Julie
Position:Brief article - Book review

Mythologizing Jesus

Dennis R. MacDonald

Rowman & Littlefield

c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group

4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706

9780742558915, $34.00, 178pp,

Synopsis: American popular culture is well-populated with fictional 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, who possessed incredible powers of healing, walked on water, rose from the dead, and more. In "Mythologizing Jesus: From Jewish Teacher to Epic Hero", Dennis R. MacDonald (Professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California) 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. Professor MacDonald doesn't call into question the existence of Jesus but rather asks readers to...

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