The Births of Jesus and Other Sons of God
Author: Robert J. Miller
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From Westar Institute’s Fall 2004 Meeting.
The birth and infancy of Jesus was the subject of serious theologizing, mythmaking, imaginative storytelling, and polemics against competing religions by early Christians. This workshop, based on Bob Miller’s book Born Divine, will discuss the historical and theological dimensions of the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke — with special attention to the virgin birth tradition — and will relate the gospel narratives to stories about the miraculous births of Greek and Roman sons of God and to the fanciful stories in the later infancy gospels. Throughout the workshop he will analyze the perennial appeal of the Christmas story and explore its meanings for contemporary faith.
Robert J. Miller (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School) is the Rosenberger Chair of Christian and Religious Studies at Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar since 1986, he was Scholar-in-Residence at Westar Institute in 2001. Miller is the author of Born Divine: The Births of Jesus and Other Sons of God (2003) and The Jesus Seminar and Its Critics (1999). He also served as editor and contributor for The Apocalyptic Jesus: A Debate (2001) and The Complete Gospels (1992).
See the Polebridge Press book Born Divine