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Perseus and Jesus Save the World Hebrews 5:5-10

Perseus and Jesus Save the World

Both have earthly mothers and heavenly fathers, but only one is the source of eternal salvation.

At a Glance

The material below uses the soon-to-be-released movie, Wrath of the Titans, based on Greek mythology, to establish a link with Jesus, a high priest, according "to the order of Melchizedek." This interesting phrase comes to us in the epistle text for today, a text that often suffers from homiletical neglect. Until now.

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For material based on today's gospel text, see "Pray Your Way In," March 16, 1997, at

Perseus is a son of a god.

Jesus is the Son of God.

Both men suffer, and both do saving work.

The power of Perseus is the subject of the adventure movie Wrath of the Titans, scheduled to be released this coming Friday, March 30. A sequel to Clash of the Titans, this film stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, the son of a god named Zeus and a human woman named Danae. Perseus is trying to live a quiet life as a fisherman when a supernatural war breaks out -- the fighting is between the gods led by Zeus and another group of gods called the Titans....

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