Jesus in Asia


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Harvard University Press
Publish Date
February 19, 2018
6.4 X 1.2 X 9.4 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

R. S. Sugirtharajah is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics at the University of Birmingham.


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
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" (02/15/2018)
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.-- (04/01/2018)
Sugirtharajah's trenchant book will be useful to anyone looking for an introduction to some of the many Asian representations of Christ.--Publishers Weekly (02/12/2018)
[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" (08/01/2018)
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" (01/17/2019)
[Sugirtharajah] has distilled his wide-ranging research and thinking into an impressive volume.--Philip Jenkins"Christian Century" (10/16/2018)
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.-- (08/18/2018)