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Like King David before him, the Jesus of the Bible is an amalgamation of themes from Near Eastern mythology and traditions of kingship and divinity. This book offers the view that the contemporary audience for whom the Old and New Testament were written would have interpreted David and Jesus as metaphors embodying messianic traditions.
Thomas L. Thompson is the author of The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past. He currently teaches at the prestigious Biblical Studies programme of the University of Copenhagen. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.