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How the Gospels Became HistoryJesus and Mediterranean Myths$
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M. D Litwa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300242638

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300242638.001.0001

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Divine Conception

Divine Conception

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(p.86) Chapter Five Divine Conception
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How the Gospels Became History
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M. David Litwa

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242638.003.0006

This chapter compares the divine conception of Jesus in the gospel of Luke with divine conception in the historical writings of Plutarch. But authors who were contemporaries reject the language of divine-human sex as crude. They support a more subtle, though still physical form of divinely caused conception, through divine breath (pneuma) and power. Their historiographical goals were similar: to maximize the plausibility of their stories.

Keywords:   Plutarch, Plato, Luke, gospel of, Virgin birth, Plato, Pneuma, Power, Numa, Table Talk

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