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The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle-earth Kindle Edition
"Michael Jahosky's simple yet profound thesis, that The Lord of the Rings is a parable rather than an allegory, allows him to open up the world of Tolkien's Middle-earth in such a way as to find the gospel lurking therein. Without putting words in Tolkien's mouth, he demonstrates that Tolkien is telling the same kind of story as the gospel with its promised return of the true king."
--Louis Markos, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University, and author of On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis
"Jahosky's The Good News of the Return of the King is a smashing success! My heart was nourished and my imagination stirred as I read about the power of story and the coming of the king in Tolkien's Middle-earth. This is a book for lovers of Tolkien and lovers of King Jesus who want to understand how stories are a powerful apologetic for Christianity. I highly recommend this enjoyable, well-researched, and riveting book."
--Paul M. Gould, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Director of the MA Philosophy of Religion program, Palm Beach Atlantic University--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08JD5H6G7
- Publisher : Wipf & Stock (September 16, 2020)
- Publication date : September 16, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1962 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 230 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #652,735 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Furthermore, Jahosky argues, the parable of The Lord of the Rings is about the same thing that Jesus’s parables are about: the kingdom of God and the good news of the return of the King.
Jahosky also has a spot-on grasp of myth, the incarnation, and how metaphors work in a world where God speaks everything into being and hence everything is a cognate of everything else.
A particularly good passage:
“The descriptions of Aragorn serve as a recollection of the good news which we all have innate knowledge of. At the heart of many, if not most, great myths are the archetypes of king and kingdom. There is something primal and familiar about the idea of a lost paradise/kingdom and exiled king. This myth addresses a deeply hidden need or yearning in the human heart.”
By Doria anderson on October 8, 2020