Next Article in Journal
Exploring the Roles of Daily Spiritual Experiences, Self-Efficacy, and Gender in Shopping Addiction: A Moderated Mediation Model
Next Article in Special Issue
Abram the One from Beyond-the-River, and King Chedorlaomer of Elam (Genesis 14): Persia and the Formation of Judaean Ethnic Identity in a Late Patriarchal Narrative
Previous Article in Journal
“Pray Aggressively for a Higher Goal—The Unification of All Christianity”: U.S. Catholic Charismatics and Their Ecumenical Relationships in the Late 1960s and 1970s
 
 
Article

The American Cyrus: How an Ancient King Became a Political Tool for Voter Mobilization

Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, 0315 Oslo, Norway
Academic Editors: Kristin Joachimsen and Marianne Hafnor Bøe
Religions 2021, 12(5), 354; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050354
Received: 5 April 2021 / Revised: 7 May 2021 / Accepted: 12 May 2021 / Published: 18 May 2021
During the 2016 presidential election, Evangelical supporters of Donald Trump presented him as a modern version of the ancient King Cyrus of Persia. To many conservative Christians, the comparison offered a justification of voting for a candidate whose character supposedly was at odds with their Christian virtues. Subsequent to his inauguration, the idea of Trump being an American Cyrus continued to develop and circulate. It is the aim of this article to deepen the understanding of Cyrus as a political tool in the West and explain how he ended up as a means to mobilize American voters. With an emphasis on the last 250 years, the article looks at how various personalities have been compared to Cyrus or presented as modern Cyruses. Based on these examples, it develops a typology, arguing that the modern Cyrus can be best understood as different types and subtypes, of which several have been applied to Trump. The article demonstrates how the various subtypes have separate evolutionary lines, which in turn can be attributed to different goals and functions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cyrus; Donald Trump; United States; 2016 election; Evangelicals; prophecies; Persia Cyrus; Donald Trump; United States; 2016 election; Evangelicals; prophecies; Persia
MDPI and ACS Style

Trangerud, H.A. The American Cyrus: How an Ancient King Became a Political Tool for Voter Mobilization. Religions 2021, 12, 354. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050354

AMA Style

Trangerud HA. The American Cyrus: How an Ancient King Became a Political Tool for Voter Mobilization. Religions. 2021; 12(5):354. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050354

Chicago/Turabian Style

Trangerud, Hanne Amanda. 2021. "The American Cyrus: How an Ancient King Became a Political Tool for Voter Mobilization" Religions 12, no. 5: 354. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050354

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop