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How the Gospels Became History: Jesus and Mediterranean Myths

M. D Litwa


The purpose of this book is to show why and how (what later became) the four canonical gospels take on a historical cast, a history-like “feel” that remains vitally important for many Christians today. This aim is worked out by in-depth comparisons with other Greco-Roman stories that have been made to seem like history (mythic historiography). Instead of using these comparisons to justify genetic links between texts, Litwa uses them to show how the evangelists dynamically interacted with Greco-Roman literary culture, felt the pressures of its structures of plausibility, and responded by using ... More

Keywords: Gospels, Myth, History, Jesus, Incarnation, Ascent, Resurrection, Genealogy, Miracles, Transfiguration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300242638
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. D Litwa, author
Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry in Melbourne