The Biblical Figure Superman Is Supposedly Based On – And It’s Not Jesus

The Man Of Steel’s origins could have more to do with Christianity than first thought.

Man of Steel Image Warner Bros

Watching Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this Christmas may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but it could hold more religious significance than first thought.

With a running time of some two hours and 31 minutes, it’s not exactly an easy watch either while the plethora of flashbacks, DC Comics cameos and scenes involving Jesse Eisenberg only make things worse.

But it could be of particular significance around the Christmas holidays and, for a change, this has got absolutely nothing to do with Jesus.

Because what many fans may not realise is that the entire character of Superman may in fact have been based on Moses. Let’s look at the evidence supporting those claims.

For starters, like Moses, Superman is saved from certain death as a baby, sent off in a little raft or space ship if you will to go and live a new life elsewhere.

Then there’s the fact that Superman’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were Jewish themselves.

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and Superman
Spot the difference? Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and Superman. Image Warner Bros

This theory suggests that Superman’s real name, Kal-El son of Jor-El is a hint at his Jewish roots, following in the name of familiar names like Ezekiel, Israel and Samuel. Having been adopted, he is given the American name of Clark Kent, in much the same way Moses receives his Egyptian name.

From there, both must go about rediscovering their true identities and eventually leading the people to a better life while establishing a set of principals for everyone to live buy.

Siegel has also spoken of the important role anti-semitism played in the development of the Superman character, having experienced it first hand as a Jew growing up in the US.

Writing about the titular character it was almost as though Siegel was imagining an alternate reality where he would discover he could move faster than a speeding bullet.

“Superman! Champion of the oppressed,” Siegel wrote in that first issue “the physical marvel who has sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need.”

Like Moses rising up against his Egyptian oppressors, it turns out the character of Superman may have been more than simply some bloke with his pants on display.

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