Jesse's Lineage: The Legendary Lives of David, Jesus, and Jesse James

Jennifer L. Koosed and Robert Seesengood

Jesse's Lineage: The Legendary Lives of David, Jesus, and Jesse James
Jesse's Lineage: The Legendary Lives of David, Jesus, and Jesse James

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Jesse's Lineage explores the interconnections between David, Jesus, and Jesse James. All three of these figures evoked complicated and conflicted reactions from their contemporaries - considered criminals by some, saviors by others. David lives the life of a bandit while on the run from Saul; Jesus dies the death of a bandit alongside other bandits; Jesse James is the paragon of the bandit in the American West and yet his life and death is also understood in biblical terms. Iron Age Judah, Roman Galilee, and Reconstruction era Missouri alike invoke the context of colonial "territories" and areas of resistance. Such contexts give birth to bandits, the heroes of the subaltern.

After their deaths, David, Jesus, and Jesse James live on thorough equally complicated and conflicted textual, ritual, and cultural memories. Their stories intertwine through reference and allusion as Jesus' mission is understood in terms of David's promise, and Jesse's death is understood in terms of Jesus' betrayal. The biography of each figure is further complicated by the processes of folk memory and oral transmission.

  • Table Of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: Colonial Missouri and other Bandit Lairs
  • Chapter Two: David the Bandit
  • Chapter Three: Crossing Outlaws: the Legendary Lives of Jesse James and Jesus of Nazareth
  • Chapter Four: 10 Cent Gospel
  • Chapter Five: Bandits Beyond the Sunset
  • Conclusion


Pages: 176
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2014
ISBN-10: 0567657450
ISBN-13: 9780567657459

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