The Image of Jesus in the Russian Revolutionary Movement

  title={The Image of Jesus in the Russian Revolutionary Movement},
  author={Jay Bergman},
  journal={International Review of Social History},
  pages={220 - 248}
  • Jay Bergman
  • Published 1 August 1990
  • History
  • International Review of Social History
Summary This article explores how Russian revolutionaries, in particular the Russian Marxists, used the image of Jesus to explain their political choices and commitments. These revolutionaries were almost uniformly hostile to institutional Christianity. Yet a number of Russian Marxists, such as Anatolii Lunacharskii, considered Jesus a genuine precursor of socialism. In 1917 many Bolsheviks and Bolshevik sympathizers interpreted the October Revolution in Christian terms, principally as a… 

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