Rivals of Jesus

A National Geo. documentary on alternative messiahs/god-men figures of the Ancient world.  Plenty of cheesiness to be sure, but actually pretty good overall imo.

It gives a sense of the worldview of the ancients and how clearly that worldview comes through in the Gospels.  Healings, exorcisms, teaching moments, communal sacred meals–all are there.

Plus that all sides (including early Jesus followers) were not above some one-up-manship and chicanery.

And also, how great a chasm there is between that worldview and the our own contemporary one.  Rather than immediately jump to conclusions about what that chasm means (e.g. “New” Atheism), just float in that world, enter it, play the as if game, explore it.  It’s a real space.

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