The Dionysian Gospel: The Fourth Gospel and Euripides by Dennis R. MacDonald

By Dennis R. MacDonald

MacDonald observes that the Fourth Gospel sounds topics right to the Greek god Dionysos (the Roman Bacchus), now not least as he was once depicted in Euripides’s play The Bacchae. A divine determine, offspring of a divine father and human mom, takes on flesh to dwell between mortals, yet is rejected via his personal; miraculously offers wine; comprises ladies as his shut devotees; dies a violent death—and returns to existence. The Johannine Evangelist not just imitated Euripides yet anticipated his readers to acknowledge Jesus as more than Dionysos.

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The Dionysian Gospel: The Fourth Gospel and Euripides

MacDonald observes that the Fourth Gospel sounds topics right to the Greek god Dionysos (the Roman Bacchus), now not least as he was once depicted in Euripides’s play The Bacchae. A divine determine, offspring of a divine father and human mom, takes on flesh to dwell between mortals, yet is rejected through his personal; miraculously offers wine; contains girls as his shut devotees; dies a violent death—and returns to existence.

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