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From Alexander to Jesus
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From Alexander to Jesus

Ory Amitay

Abstract

Scholars have long recognized the relevance to Christianity of the many stories surrounding the life of Alexander the Great, who claimed to be the son of Zeus. But until now, no comprehensive effort has been made to connect the mythic life and career of Alexander to the stories about Jesus and to the earliest theology of the nascent Christian churches. This book delves into a wide range of primary texts in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew to trace Alexander as a mythological figure, from his relationship to his ancestor and rival, Herakles, to the idea of his divinity as the son of a god. In detail, t ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Alexander the Great, Zeus, mythic life, Jesus, theology, Christian churches, Herakles, divine sonship, reconciliation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520266360
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520266360.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ory Amitay, author