Superheroes and Their Ancient Jewish Parallels: A Comparative Study

Superheroes and Their Ancient Jewish Parallels: A Comparative Study

by Johnny E. Miles

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Persia had Rostam. Babylonia had Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Egypt had Horus and Isis. Greece had Odysseus and Achilles. Israel had its heroes, too--Moses, David, Esther and Samson. While Israel's heroes did not wear capes or spandex, they did meet cultural needs. In times of crisis, heroes emerge to model virtues that inspire a sense of commitment and worth. Identity concerns were especially acute for a post-exilic Jewish culture. Using modern American superheroes and their stories in a cross-cultural discussion, this book presents the stories of Israelite characters as heroes filling a cultural need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476631424
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 225
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Johnny E. Miles is a lecturer at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 3
1. (Super)Heroes: Origins, Crises and Psychology 15
2. The Immigrant as Hero: Moses and Superman 40
3. The National Icon as Hero: King David and Captain America 75
4. The Diasporic Woman as Hero: Esther and Wonder Woman 111
5. The Liminal Avenger as (Anti-)Hero: Samson and Batman 146
Conclusion 182
Chapter Notes 197
Bibliography 207
Index 215

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