Jesus in Asia (Hardback)
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Jesus in Asia (Hardback)

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Published: 01/02/2018
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Reconstructions of Jesus occurred in Asia long before the Western search for the historical Jesus began in earnest. This enterprise sprang up in seventh-century China and seventeenth-century India, encouraged by the patronage and openness of the Chinese and Indian imperial courts. While the Western quest was largely a Protestant preoccupation, in Asia the search was marked by its diversity: participants included Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Catholics, and members of the Church of the East.

During the age of European colonialism, Jesus was first seen by many Asians as a tribal god of the farangis, or white Europeans. But as his story circulated, Asians remade Jesus, at times appreciatively and at other times critically. R. S. Sugirtharajah demonstrates how Buddhist and Taoist thought, combined with Christian insights, led to the creation of the Chinese Jesus Sutras of late antiquity, and explains the importance of a biography of Jesus composed in the sixteenth-century court of the Mughal emperor Akbar. He also brings to the fore the reconstructions of Jesus during the Chinese Taiping revolution, the Korean Minjung uprising, and the Indian and Sri Lankan anti-colonial movements.

In Jesus in Asia, Sugirtharajah situates the historical Jesus beyond the narrow confines of the West and offers an eye-opening new chapter in the story of global Christianity.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674051133
Number of pages: 278
Dimensions: 156 x 235 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A stimulating and provocative book that shows how Asians—like people around the world—have been trying for centuries to make the man from Galilee one of their own. - Ian Johnson, New York Review of Books

Splendid…A fascinating, half-forgotten intellectual journey which is brought fully to life by Sugirtharajah’s painstaking ‘excavations of Asian resources.’ - Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald

[An] excellent book…Sugirtharajah brings together some fascinating parts of the global and perpetually expanding biography of Jesus…Jesus in Asia deserves to be read widely. - Chad M. Bauman, Christian Century

Sugirtharajah’s detailed examination of…Asian treatments of Jesus reveals a startling variety among them…[He] has admirably filled a gap that most readers, including scholars specializing in the study of Jesus, are not even aware of. - Luke Timothy Johnson, Commonweal

Sugirtharajah…opens up Jesus to an Asian outlook…His book will constitute a revelation for most Christian readers…His book is a pleasure to read. - Robert A. Segal, Times Higher Education

[Sugirtharajah] has distilled his wide-ranging research and thinking into an impressive volume. - Philip Jenkins, Christian Century

Jesus in Asia is a marvelous achievement… Sugirtharajah presents an equally elegant and unexpected portrait of a number of Jesuses according to Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Jain, and Christian traditions… Succeeds in correcting common misconceptions by highlighting the important and overlooked contributions of Asian writers on the historical Jesus. - Wongi Park, Horizons in Biblical Theology

Makes for interesting and even provocative reading. Sugirtharajah brings to light a number of marginalized biographies of Jesus—works largely forgotten in both the East and the West. - W. J. Pankey, Choice

Sugirtharajah maintains that Western scholars’ ‘quest for the historical Jesus,’ has wrongly dismissed Eastern reconstructions as parochial and lacking scientific objectivity. Sugirtharajah counters with systematic and critical evaluations of Eastern contributions to the life of Jesus that span from the seventh century CE to the present day…A necessary corrective. - James Wetherbee, Library Journal

Sugirtharajah’s trenchant book will be useful to anyone looking for an introduction to some of the many Asian representations of Christ. - Publishers Weekly

Written by a distinguished scholar of Christianity and postcolonial studies, Jesus in Asia broadens our historical memory and enlivens our religious imagination. This book sharply contests the historical quest of Jesus in the West, and is remarkable in its broad historical and cultural reach—an invaluable recovery of Asian representations of Jesus. - Kwok Pui-lan, author of Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology

Jesus in Asia is an extraordinary gift. With great erudition, Sugirtharajah illuminates a broad history of previously neglected writings on Jesus, across many centuries and from diverse parts of Asia, by Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, and Jain scholars. By placing Jesus within Asian cultures and religions, this book offers a necessary challenge to the isolationism of Western Jesus studies. - Halvor Moxnes, author of Jesus and the Rise of Nationalism: A New Quest for the Nineteenth-Century Historical Jesus

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