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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.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|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 ContentsTable of Contents
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
Chapter Notes 197