From Alexander to Jesus
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 Alexander’s links to Herakles and to two important and enduring ideas: that of divine sonship and that of reconciliation among peoples.
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I found this book in my university's library while researching Alexander the Great and I found it absolutely fascinating. The part about the Midrash of Ten Kings was super interesting to me as a believer in Jesus. I also found the story of Alexander and the High Priest meeting at Alexander super interesting. Well written and intensely interesting in my opinion!
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