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The many Jesus-like figures of the ancient world

Early Christianity positively welcomed comparisons between Jesus and Socrates, Asclepius, Emperor Vespasian and Apollonius of Tyana, according to Catherine Nixey

9 March 2024

9:00 AM

9 March 2024

9:00 AM

Heresy: Jesus Christ and the Other Sons of God Catherine Nixey

Picador, pp.384, 25

What people tend to forget about Jesus Christ is that he killed children. As a five-year-old, Jesus was toddling through a village when a small boy ran past, knocking his shoulder. Taking it like any five-year-old would, Jesus shouted after him ‘you shall not go further on your way’, at which point the boy fell down dead.

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