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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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Dream Visions and Prophecies

Dream Visions and Prophecies

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(p.96) Chapter Six Dream Visions and Prophecies
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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/9780300242638.003.0007

This chapter compares dream visions and prophecies in mythic historiography with analogous stories in the gospels. Most of the visions and prophecies reveal the birth of a divine child. Fathers have dreams or oracles instructing them not to thwart the divine will. Older prophets play a role and have intimate conversations with mothers. The comparison of Simeon in Lukan myth and the Roman Nigidius Figulus is developed at length.

Keywords:   Titus Latinius, Dreams, Prophecy, Nigidius Figulus, Heracles, Olympias, Alcmene, Mary

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