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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

(p.96) Chapter Six Dream Visions and Prophecies
How the Gospels Became History

M. David Litwa

Yale University Press

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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