Iesus Deus : The Early Christian Depiction Of Jesus As A Mediterranean God


1. Not Through Semen Surely
2. From Where Was This Child Born
3. Deus Est Invare
4. Light Was That Godhead
5. We Worship One Who Rose From His Tomb
6. The Name Above Every Name

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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.


SKU (ISBN): 9781451473032
ISBN10: 1451473036
M. David Litwa
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: March 2014
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers – 1517 Media

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