A Magical Messiah: Discussing Jesus as an Ancient Magician Through the Synoptic Gospels
In this paper, I do not intend to discuss the validity of Jesus’ healings, exorcisms and miracles or in anyway to falsify them, but rather I will explore these events in the context of ancient magical practices. I will discuss how Jesus can be interpreted as a magician by looking at him as a healer, and an exorcist, and examining the implications of those titles. Most importantly however, I will discuss how the stories concerning the miracles that Jesus performs change through the synoptic gospels as the authors become more and more skeptical of presenting Jesus in anyway that resembles a magician and focus instead on the formation of the church community.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2007
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