Superman and the Bible

How the Idea of Superheroes Affects the Reading of Scripture

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Nicholaus Pumphrey
  • Jefferson, NC: 
    McFarland & Company
    , January
     214 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by James McGrath forthcoming.


In 1938, Superman debuted, jumping off the pages of Action Comics #1. In the cultural context of the Great Depression and World War II, the US would see the rise of the superhero not only in comic books but in radio programs, animated cartoons and television shows. Superman forever changed one’s concept of the hero and became permanently engrained in both American and worldwide culture.

This study explores the Man of Steel’s narrative as a fresh perspective on readings of the Bible—his character is reflected in such figures as Moses, Samson and Jesus. The author argues that if we read the Bible it can be said we are reading about Superman.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Nicholaus Pumphrey is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Curator of the Quayle Bible Collection at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.


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