From Alexander to Jesus (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Sep 28, 2010 - History - 260 pages
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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. Ory Amitay 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 compelling detail, Amitay illuminates both Alexanderís links to Herakles and to two important and enduring ideas: that of divine sonship and that of reconciliation among peoples.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Son of Man Son of God
9
2 In the Footsteps of Herakles
27
3 The Passage to India
39
4 Symbiosis
56
5 Amazon Queen
78
6 Post Mortem
87
7 Alexander and the End of Days
104
Conclusion
147
Appendix A Alexander and David
151
Appendix B Sacrifices and Related Matters in the Alexander Histories
155
Appendix C Alexander Alcoholicus
163
Notes
167
References
217
Index
233
Copyright

8 Alexander and Jesus
123

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About the author (2010)

Ory Amitay is Lecturer at the University of Haifa.

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