Is Superman a Jesus Figure”?”
Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, were Jewish. So is Superman Returns director Bryan Singer.
How is it then, that some find Superman to be a Messiah figure,” an embodiment of Jesus? That’s the view of Steve Skelton, author of The Gospel According to the World’s Greatest Superhero. According to Skelton, while the original Superman may not have been a Jesus figure in the minds of Siegel and Shuster, the “Superman canon”—the sum total of all the comics and movies since the early days—gives a different picture. What do you think? Add your comments to our Shout Box in this article by clicking the Comments link (but please keep it brief—if you want to write an essay on Superman, you’ll find it more congenial on our message forums.)
Check out those who accept that Superman is “Jewish” but not that he’s a parallel to Jesus. Rabbi Simcha Weinstein weighs in on Superman’s Jewishness as does Blair Kramer. Why do you think many of our Jewish people are aware that Jesus was Jewish but don’t accept that he was the Messiah?
And we couldn’t encourage discussions without mentioning our own article, “When Worlds Collide!”
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