Christian allegory? The creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster,
were both Jewish and had no interest whatsoever in anything Christian when they
wrote the stories. Kal-El, his father's name, is Hebrew and means
"Voice of God", and Superman's rescue from Krypton parallels the
story of Moses, not Jesus. "The three legs of the Superman myth
– truth, justice, and the American way – are straight out of the
Mishnah, the codification of Jewish oral traditions. "The world," it
reads, "endures on three things: justice, truth, and peace.""
It was awesome - and appropo.1. A Father and Mother, send their only
begotten "miracle birth" son to another world.2. He has
Supernatural gifts.3. His earthly adoptive parents teach him correct
principles, based on religion.4. He first learns to control and master his
feelings and emotions, in order to Master and control his powers.5. He
begins his ministry at age 30.6. He wears protective garments.7. He
surrenders and gives himself up in order to save the mortals.8. He is a
message of Hope, Righteousness, Goodness, and Mercy.As for all the
Jewish references of the creators of Superman...He was based on MOSES -
the woven basket, cape-blanket, adopted Father, supernatural powers, saves his
people, etc.Moses is in the similitude of the Messiah.FYI - The name "EL" for Superman and his Family, as in Jor-El, Kal-El
and the House of EL.Is the Hebrew word for "God" - as in
EL-o-him.Sorry you completely missed it - Not having eyes to
see, nor ears to hear...Turtles Runand RockOn
Whether it is intentional or not, the Superman story has a particular resonance
with some of us. A loving father sends his only son, endowed with
extraordinary power, to a humble earthly home with humble decent parents, and he
lives a modest quiet life until he has grown and matured to the point where he
embarks on his mission as a defender of truth, justice, etc.The use
of a Christ figure is common in literature and film.
RockOn,Sorry you didn't enjoy the film (I thought it was
incredible), but allow me to fanboy for a moment and explain you a thing: Zod's neck was not his "Achilles Heel." He was no weaker
there than anywhere else. Superman's intent from the start was never to
kill Zod. His intent was merely to stop him. When he realized that Zod would
persist in trying to destroy mankind so long as he remained alive, Superman saw
that he had no choice but to kill him and thus he snapped his neck. He could
have snapped his neck at any time. It was not some secret weakness that he had.
Superman is a Kryptonian, and Zod was a Kryptonian. No human could possibly have
defeated Zod, no matter where he attacked him. Only Superman was strong enough
to do it. Honestly that statement makes me wonder if you've
ever seen a Superman movie, or any superhero movie, before in your life.
Superman is lawful good. He doesn't kill people unless he is forced to.
That's why he cried out in agony after he killed Zod. The only Kryptonian
left in the universe besides himself.
The Christ story is meaningful and significant. This new Superman story is
ridiculous, stupid, loud, repetitious and is about one invincible fighting other
invincibles by throwing them through building, after building, after building.
And then we find out the Achilles heel of the bad guy invincible is his neck???
Are you kidding me? Absurd.
Does it strike anyone else as ironic how many people like overlay Christian
themes onto superheroes that use power and strength (violence) to overcome evil
when the overall message of Jesus was that evil is overcome through love,
meekness and vulnerability?
Yes H V H the story of the Christ was given to Prophets thousands of years
before the 1st coming.
The Christ story was not an original either.Please read "The hero with
a thousand faces" No new tail to tell.The names
change but the story remains.
Turtles RunYour assertion about Jewish and Christianity doesn't
hold, with Steven Spielberg and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That was a
very pro Christian film. The film is already super blockbuster, and
I hope that is has a positive Christian influence worldwide. The symbolism is
so obvious that only the names have been changed to protect the uninformed.
I never believed in the religious symbolism of Superman. The creators of
Superman are Jewish, they do not hold Christian beliefs of Jesus so there would
be no reason to claim otherwise. Plus as far as I can tell the creators have
never claimed any religious symbolism in Superman.
Should have been warned about the spoiler toward the end of this piece.I thought the religious symbolism was striking in the first part of the 1978
movie. Looking forward to this one.