Theo ch 4 - what they already knew or believed. I would...

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NT THEO 220-02 Ch 4 Greek Thought and Culture Prior to reading this chapter, I knew little about ancient Greek religion. I was aware that they were polytheistic with Zeus being their ‘King God’. I knew of some other Gods of theirs as well, but I had never heard of Dionysus. While reading, I was surprised to find all the similarities between Dionysus and Jesus. They were both the sons of God (or King of the Gods in Dionysus’ case) and a virgin. Both suffer death at the hands of others and rise again. These similarities make me wonder what the true connection is. Yes, both stories are Greek, but how can myth become so close to reality? Did the Greek writers of the New Testament add in any aspects of their own thought or culture into it? I do not doubt the validity of the life of Jesus, but I think Greek writers may have embellished some of it to conform to
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Unformatted text preview: what they already knew or believed. I would like to discuss more about the mystery religions and what impact they had on both Christianity and Greco-Roman society. The book made the various ones it discusses sound like secret cults. Were these a negative thing at the time? If so, why were there so many, and why did people join them, sometimes even more than one at a time? My question is why is Jesus birthday celebrated on what was originally Mithrass birthday? Is it simply because scholars could not find an accurate date as to when Jesus was born or is there another reason behind it? I understand the parallel of how Mithras was born on winter solstice which signifies light of the world. Is that the only or real reason the church chose this to be Jesus birthday as well?...
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2011 for the course THEOLOGY 220 taught by Professor Nichols during the Spring '11 term at Saint Louis.

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