Both Beowulf and Jesus share the common character traits of courage and compassion, for both are willing to sacrifice themselves for the common good. Beowulf risks his life to defend Heorot, the mead hall, from the destructive force of the monster, Grendel. Beowulf thus puts the needs of the larger community ahead of his own life. Likewise, Jesus sacrifices himself for the good of the common people. He is willing to suffer and die so that others might live.
Both figures are or become sons of a lord. Hrothgar, king of the Danes, adopts Beowulf as his son. Jesus is the son of no less than the lord of heaven, God himself, and is anointed by him with the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove.
Both figures represent goodness and both are caught in an epic struggle with the force of evil and darkness; both face a formidable enemy and win; both earn immortality because of their actions. Jesus, according to the gospel accounts, comes back to life in bodily form after being dead for three days, and...
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