Principal Difference Between Apollonius And Jesus

1144 Words Sep 30th, 2014 5 Pages
Ehrman 's first argument delves into the history of so-called 'divine beings ', particularly in ancient Greece and Rome, to help his argument, as he claims that Jesus was not the first, and certainly not the only, divine being in history, saying that "We should not think of Jesus as 'unique ', if by that term we mean that he was the only one 'like that '-that is.....a man who was also in some sense divine" (Ehrman 17). Ehrman 's first example is Apollonius, a man whose story is very similar to Jesus. According to Ehrman, the birth of Apollonius came with divine signs from the heavens, and as an adult, he left home, traveling and preaching, collecting followers and performing miracles, and leading his followers to believe that he was the Son of God. Later, like Jesus, he too angered the Roman authorities and was put to death, though he allegedly ascended to heaven afterwards. However, the principal difference between Apollonius and Jesus was that Apollonius was a pagan, a worshiper of multiple Roman gods, who was seen by some as a competitor of Jesus, though historically, Jesus and his followers rose victorious, due to the spread of Christianity, and Apollonius remains all but forgotten to today 's society. However, it wasn 't just holy men who could come to be revered as divine, according to Ehrman, as he moves on to talk about how Roman emperors were often revered as gods. For instance, Julius Caesar declared that he had a divine heritage, "In a funeral oration…
Open Document