8
Alexander and Jesus

Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three.
One lived and died for self; one died for you and me.
The Greek died on a throne; the Jew died on a cross;
One’s life a triumph seemed; the other but a loss.
One led vast armies forth; the other walked alone;
One shed a whole world’s blood; the other gave his own.
One won the world in life and lost it all in death;
The other lost his life to win the whole world’s faith
.

Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three.
One died in Babylon; and one on Calvary.
One gained all for self; and one himself he gave;
One conquered every throne; the other every grave.
The one made himself God; The God made himself less;
The one lived but to blast; the other but to bless.
When died the Greek, forever fell his throne of swords;
But Jesus died to live forever Lord of lords
.

Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three.
The Greek made all men slaves; the Jew made all men free.
One built a throne on blood; the other built on love.
The one was born of earth; the other from above.
The one won all this earth, to lose all earth and heaven;
The other gave up all, that all to him be given.
The Greek forever died; the Jew forever lives.
He loses all who gets, he wins all things who gives
.1

The poem, titled “Jesus and Alexander,” makes a clear distinction between the two figures at the heart of this book. Their characters are diametrically opposed. The Macedonian lived a life of violence, enslaving those whom he met or drowning them in blood. “The Jew,” on the other hand, shed his own blood for the sake of humanity. Their personalities and situations are as different as can be: one was an agonis

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Table of contents

  • Hellenistic Culture and Society iv
  • Title Page vii
  • Contents x
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Son of Man, Son of God 9
  • 2 - In the Footsteps of Herakles 27
  • 3 - The Passage to India 39
  • 4 - Symbiosis 56
  • 5 - Amazon Queen 78
  • 6 - Post Mortem 87
  • 7 - Alexander and the End of Days 104
  • 8 - Alexander and Jesus 123
  • Conclusion 147
  • Appendix A - Alexander and David 151
  • Appendix B - Sacrifices and Other Religious Matters in the Alexander Histories 155
  • Appendix C - Alexander Alcoholicus 163
  • Notes 167
  • References 217
  • Index 233
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