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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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The Pharmakos

The Pharmakos

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(p.156) Chapter Eleven The Pharmakos
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How the Gospels Became History
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M. David Litwa

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242638.003.0012

A pharmakos is a person expelled and/or killed in order to heal a community. This chapter demonstrates substantial conceptual and cultural overlaps between the gospel Passion narratives and the closing scenes of the Life of Aesop. Both Jesus and Aesop tell inflammatory parables, are unjustly arrested, tried, killed, resurrected, and honored after their deaths.

Keywords:   Codrus, Menoeceus, Jesus, Aesop, Parables, Passion narrative, Resurrection, Delphi

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