Literary historians agree that Hemingway would not have won the Nobel prize had he not written The Old Man and the Sea.
Were you aware that Hemingway wrote of Christ when he wrote that book? Whether he did this consciously or unconsciously I cannot say.
You be the judge:
“He had sailed for two hours, resting in the stern and sometimes chewing a bit of meat from the marlin, trying to rest and to be strong, when he saw the first of the two sharks.
‘Ay,’ he said aloud. There is no translation for this word and perhaps it is just a noise such as a man might make, involuntarily, feeling the nail go through his hands and into the wood.” – p. 107
Okay, that reference to the crucifixion was obvious, so we can assume it was intentional. But the other 5 references
to Christ are subtle. The first 2 are so indirect as to even be debatable, but references 3, 4 and 5 are solid.
And in each instance the reference to Christ is accompanied by a dream of lions.