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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dyer, Katherine Veach
Author's Email Address kvdyer@gmail.com
URN etd-06242008-113903
Title 'Healing Steps': Jesus' Dionysiac Tour in Luke
Degree Master of Arts
Department Religion
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine Committee Chair
Dr. Dennis MacDonald Committee Member
Dr. James P. Byrd Committee Member
Keywords
  • dionysus
  • Luke 19:1-10
  • Luke 8:1-3
  • jesus
  • Christianity and paganism
  • transvaluation
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Bacchae in Luke
  • Zacchaeus
  • Joanna
  • Susanna
  • Plutarch
  • Greco-Roman religion
  • Dionysus cult
  • dying and rising
  • maenad
  • trio
  • women in Luke
  • female followers
  • Jesus and wine
  • wine
  • Dionysus
  • miracle
  • Bacchae
  • Euripides
  • Nonnus
  • Dionysaica
Date of Defense 2008-06-23
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Luke 8:1-3 and 18:35-19:10 are two uniquely Lukan scenes which are meant to evoke similarities between Jesus and Dionysus. Luke’s intentional comparison constructs an apologia that is a response to allegations of Jesus’ similarities to pagan divinities. By creating a section about Jesus’ missionary journey in which Jesus functions as a better version of Dionysus, Luke seeks to reassure both Christians and potential converts that Christianity did not possess the Bacchic traits that the Romans often considered objectionable. Moreover, Luke’s depiction of Jesus as a superior Dionysus relies heavily on Euripides’ Bacchae, demonstrating the validity of that text as a Lukan source.

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