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Jesus Beyond Christianity: The Classic Texts

ISBN : 9780199553440

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Author: 
Gregory A. Barker; Stephen E. Gregg
Pages
320 Pages
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Paperback
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137 x 215 mm
Pub date
Feb 2010
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For the first time classic readings on Jesus from outside of Christianity have been brought together in one volume. Jesus Beyond Christianity: The Classic Texts features significant passages on Jesus from Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The fifty-six selections span two millennia of thought, including translated extracts from the Talmud and the Qur'an, and writings by Mahatma Gandhi and the 14th Dalai Lama. The volume features fresh translations of important texts, 'Key-Issues' introductions, questions for discussion and guides for further reading. Importantly, each set of readings ends with an entirely fresh reflection from a leading scholar in the field. Every care has been taken to present these often controversial passages in a manner consistent with the aims of their authors; accompanying notes directly address challenging issues. This unique collection of readings promises to become an essential resource in the study of the world's religions, providing rich guidance for anyone seeking to understand the central convergences and debates between religious traditions.

Index: 

General Introduction
I: JESUS IN JUDAISM: THE CLASSIC TEXTS
Jewish Perceptions of Jesus: Key Issues
1. Dangerous Times for Jews
2. The Rejected Disciple
3. A Teacher of Jewish Law
4. The Bible Testifies Against the Deity of Jesus
5. The Church - Not Jesus - is the Heretic
6. Jesus: Jewish Evangelist to the Gentiles
7. Reasons for Jewish Silence on Jesus
8. Jesus: An Unoriginal Pharisee
9. Jesus: Forerunner of the Reform Jew
10. The Value of the Gospels for a Jew
11. Jesus: A Prophet
12. Jesus: Destroyer of Culture and Nation
13. Jesus on Jewish Soil
14. No Sentimental Love
Closing Reflection
Questions for Discussion
Guide for Further Reading
II. JESUS IN ISLAM: THE CLASSIC TEXTS
Muslim Perceptions of Jesus: Key Issues
1. The Miraculous Birth of Jesus
2. The Mission of Jesus
3. The End of Jesus' Life?
4. Right and Wrong Responses to Jesus
5. A Final Word from the Qur'an
6. Jesus in the Hadith
7. The Ascetic Jesus
8. Jesus and the Powers of God
9. Jesus in the Graveyard
10. A Rationalist Examines Christian Claims about Jesus
11. Jesus: A Mirror of God
12. Jesus and the Fool
13. On Praising a Human Being
14. Realising God
15. Who Died on the Cross?
16. Jesus in India
17. Jesus and Non-violence
18. Jesus Between Us and You
Closing Reflection
Questions for Discussion
Guide for Further Reading
III. JESUS IN HINDUISM: THE CLASSIC TEXTS
Hindu Perceptions of Jesus: Key Issues
1. Jesus was a Unitarian
2. A Divine Teacher, Not Atoner
3. Jesus, The Ideal Son
4. Repudiate the Little Christ
5. Jesus: Simple, Honest & Ignorant
6. Mystical Experiences of the Universal Jesus
7. Jesus is like Ramakrishna
8. Jesus vs. His Christian Followers
9. Jesus Was Oriental
10. Jesus is the Property of the World
11. Christ Has Yet to be Born
12. Jesus' Message Continues to be Ignored
13. An Avatar of Sorrow
14. An Eastern Seer
Closing Reflection
Questions for Discussion
Guide for Further Reading
IV. JESUS IN BUDDHISM: THE CLASSIC TEXTS
Buddhist Perceptions of Jesus: Key Issues
1. Jesus: Son of a Dubious Deity
2. The Founder of a Passive Religion
3. Jesus: A Teacher of Morality
4. A Demon in Disguise
5. Birth Omens Compared
6. A Man Between Egoism and Universalism
7. Jesus: Absolute and Relative
8. Obliterating God Consciousness
9. A Man Tortured by Contradictions
10. The Good Heart of Jesus
Closing Reflection
Questions for Discussion
Guide for Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Index

About the author: 

Gregory A. Barker, Head of School, Theology and Religious Studies, Trinity University College, Carmarthen, UK

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