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Desiring Divinity – Self-deification in Early Jewish and Christian Mythmaking - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Desiring Divinity: Self-deification in Early Jewish and Christian Mythmaking

M. David Litwa


Perhaps no declaration incites more theological and moral outrage than a human’s claim to be divine (or self-deification). Those who make this claim in ancient Jewish and Christian mythology are typically represented as the most hubristic and dangerous tyrants. Their horrible punishments are predictable and still serve as cautionary tales in religious communities today. Desiring Divinity explores the topic of self-deification in ancient Jewish and Christian mythology. Six case studies tell the stories of key self-deifiers in their historical, social, literary, and ideological contexts. The ini ... More

Keywords: mythology, Jewish, Christian, self-deification, Yaldabaoth, Lucifer, Satan, Simon of Samaria, Jesus, Allogenes, Gnosticism, Adam

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190467166
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. David Litwa, author
University of Virginia

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