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*Jamie and Jesus are 'put to the grave' by religious, under the gaze of one or women. Jamie is put in a white room, in a big white linen shirt by the monks under Claire's eyes. Jesus is buried in a large shroud, by Joseph of Aritmathea and Nicodemus under the gaze of Mary Magdalene and other women. 

*Jamie and Jesus are 'put to the grave' by religious, under the gaze of one or women. Jamie is put in a white room, in a big white linen shirt by the monks under Claire's eyes. Jesus is buried in a large shroud, by Joseph of Aritmathea and Nicodemus under the gaze of Mary Magdalene and other women. 

*Jamie and Jesus are flogged in an outrageous way that could kill them in itself. 

*Jamie and Jesus are sentenced to death for things they did not do. 

*Jamie and Jesus are tortured to death among robbers. 

*Jamie and Jesus are in the hands of torturers in red. The English Captain Randall is a redcot, the Roman soldiers are also in red under their armor. 

*Jamie and Jesus are abandoned by notables who know their innocence: The Duke of Sandringham for Jamie, Pontius Pilate for Jesus. 

*Jamie and Jesus give up dignity and life to save those they love. It's to save Claire from Captain Randall's clutches that Jamie both agrees to be raped and then killed. It is to save humanity that Jesus accepted to be humiliated and put to death. 

*Jamie and Jesus agree to be nailed to the woods, watched by their helpless relatives as they try to calm and reassure. Jamie takes Claire and talks to her to calm her down, as Randall prepares to nail her hand to a table. Jesus spoke to the women of Jerusalem telling them not to cry for him before being crucified and worried about his mother when crucified. 

*Jamie and Jesus surrender themselves completely to their worst enemy who takes full possession of them, their bodies, their lives. Randall and his demonic side for Jamie. Satan for Jesus. 

*Jamie and Jesus are marked at the side of their bodies by men in red. Jamie is mentally and physically tortured to brand himself on the ribs. Jesus has the side pierced by a spear of a Roman soldier. 

*Jamie and Jesus die spiritually. Jamie is lost in the dark after being released from prison and wants to die physically because he feels he is losing his soul. 

*Jamie and Jesus are approved by their father as they enter the 'final phase': Brian Fraser's 'You're a braw lad, his' when Jamie is taken away by the soldiers recalls 'This is my beloved son in who I found my pleasure 'by the divine voice after the baptism of Jesus who inaugurates his ministry. 

*Jamie and Jesus are betrayed by people who share their intimacy: Horrocks is welcomed by Jamie and Judas lived 3 years with Jesus. 

*Jamie and Jesus are wrongly accused and face lies and false testimony. 

The more I think about it and look at Outlander's season 1, the more the analogies between Jamie Fraser's character, who displays an amazing love and dedication for Claire and the character Jesus Christ, as his story is written in the Gospels, seem troubling to me.  

Once again, I do not proselytize. Even if we do not believe in the existence of Jesus or in his message, the fact is that the story of his life was written in texts, perhaps fiction, according to the faith of each one and that these texts allow us to troubling comparisons with Jamie: 

So, Stephen King, the author of the book that gave the wonderful film 'The Green Line,' explains that when he was describing something that looked like Jesus in the characteristics of the black prisoner very tall and very strong, innocent, sweet, doing good around him and wrongly condemned, he renamed the character in John Coffey so that he had the initials 'JC' 

Here is the context of my reflection: In his book on the biblical influences of the West, the Indian philosopher Vishal Mangalwadi explains that one of the intellectual evolutions of the West concerns the notion of heroism. 

In mythology and ancient history, the hero is the super-man of incredible power who conquers and kills all his enemies in anthology fights. Achilles, Hercules, Ulysses, Jason but also Leonidas of Sparta, Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar are great warriors who carry everything in their path but are sometimes defeated by a tiny weakness, as in the case of Achilles. We are therefore in praise of the overpowering and conquering hero and the condemnation of weakness. Vishal Mangalwadi shows that today, however, the heroes are no longer the great generals or genius politicians but are those who, in the service of others and to save others, have been defeated and fallen. 

The hero par excellence of the French Air Force is Captain Georges Guynemer, a puny young man refused in the infantry who becomes an airplane pilot and dies having given everything in September 1917. The majority of Victoria's recipients Cross, the highest British award, received it posthumously after giving their lives to protect or save their comrades. The majority of the recipients of the American Medal of Honor receive it because they give up their chances of survival to save their comrades like this Marine who put between a grenade and his comrade and was mutilated for life. Vishal Mangalwadi explains that the notion of heroism has been profoundly modified in the West by the Bible and mainly the example of Jesus Christ. 

Indeed, in Christian doctrine, Jesus is the human form of God, so all-powerful, who, for the love of humanity and to save it, abandons his power and dies in humiliation, destitution, injustice and weakness. His death by crucifixion, punishment reserved for slaves, rebels and criminals, is particularly infamous and is the antithesis of what he is, according to the evangelical texts. To give one's life in humiliation and weakness to save those one loves becomes, in the Christianized West, the archetype of the hero. Several authors have admitted that this Christian model of the sacrificial hero had influenced their work without even realizing it beforehand. 

The subject I propose below deals with a religious character. In no way do I proselytise or want to convince anyone of religious ideas. I just want to share a reflection on Outlander's cultural influences, and I've written to Diana Gabaldon through her website to see if the similarities I'm experiencing are coincidental or voluntary. 

By Tim Larribau

Jamie inspired

by Jesus ?

Whatever our beliefs, we can not deny that these similarities are disturbing, moreover, Captain Randall himself alludes to the fact that Jamie offers himself as Christ on the cross.  

Anyway, if Vishal Mangalwadi is right about the 'Christic' notion of heroism in the Western mentality, this could explain why Jamie Fraser's character is so fascinating, touches us so deeply and why his boundless love for Claire echoes unconscious things in our Western minds.  

  

In fact, Jamie's love for Claire, in this work of fiction, seems to be a perfect allegory of a biblical verse where the Apostle Paul says, 'Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the congregation and is delivered himself for her'. 

 

Is this why Jamie is called the King of Men, by Claire and his 'fans'?  

It would still be a coincidence, Jesus having been called 'King of the Jews' by Pilate and being called 'King of Kings' in the Bible.