Is Jesus Athene or Odysseus? 978-3-16-156078-1 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Max Whitaker

Is Jesus Athene or Odysseus?

Investigating the Unrecognisability and Metamorphosis of Jesus in his Post-Resurrection Appearances

[Ist Jesus Athene oder Odysseus? Eine Untersuchung der Unkenntlichkeit und Metamorphose Jesu in seinem Erscheinen nach der Auferstehung.]

2019. IX, 298 pages.
forthcoming in September

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 500

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In this study, Max Whitaker investigates the intriguing accounts of Jesus' resurrection appearances, especially the hidden nature of Jesus, through the lens of Greco-Roman narratives. This throws new light on how Jesus' post resurrection stories would have been understood by their original audiences.
In this study, Max Whitaker investigates the intriguing accounts of Jesus' resurrection appearances through the lens of Greco-Roman narratives. In both canonical and apocryphal accounts of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances, Jesus appears in an unrecognisable form to other characters, including people who knew him well just before his death. The motif of a character appearing in an unrecognisable form to people he or she knows well is one which exists in folk literature, and in Greco-Roman and Jewish literature from a range of genres. The author investigates a range of stories in which characters appear in an unrecognisable or metamorphic form, and summarises patterns and themes. This throws new light on how Jesus' post-resurrection stories would have been understood by their original audiences.
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Max Whitaker Born 1975; 1995 BSc, 1997 MSc in mathematics from Waikato University; 1997–2005 working as statistician and computer programmer; 2009 BTheol from Otago University; 2016 PhD from Otago University; currently Priest in the parish of North Dunedin, in the Anglican Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand.

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