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Title: Alternative Christs
Author: Hammer, Olav (ed)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521889025
Volumes: 1; Pages: 316
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Few, if any, individuals have had such a profound influence on Western culture as Jesus, even though not a single detail of his life or teaching can be confirmed with certainty. This lack of reliable biographical data has left his life open to broad interpretation. Jesus, gnostic and apocryphal sources insist, never truly died on the cross since he was a divine being, whose human frame was an illusion. Muslim sources affirm that Jesus was a prophet of God and will return at the end of time. J�rg Lanz von Liebenfels formulated racial theories in which Jesus was a redeemer for Aryans only, while the Renaissance polymath Guillaume Postel was convinced that Christ had returned as a Venetian woman. This book explores these and other views without taking sides in any theological arguments and presents research on a variety of alternative Christologies.Contents1. Alternative Christs: an introduction Olav Hammer2. The gnostic Christ Roelof van den Broek3. Jesus in the New Testament apocrypha Einar Thomassen4. The Manichaean Jesus Jason BeDuhn5. Jesus in Islam Jan Hj�rpe6. Christ and the alchemical mass Urszula Szulakowska7. Son of the Son of God: the feminine Messiah and her progeny, according to Guillaume Postel (1510-1581) Jean-Pierre Brach8. The seminal essence of divinity: Swedenborg's understanding of Jesus Christ Wouter J. Hanegraaff9. Christ in Hinduism: traditional views and recent developments Bradley Malkovsky10. Christ in Mormonism Douglas J. Davies11. The conception of Christ in the Theosophical tradition James A. Santucci12. The Aryan Christ: the electrochristology of Ariosophy Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke13. Did Jesus die for our karma? Christology and atonement in a contemporary metaphysical church James R. Lewis; 14. World savior in undergarment: the palpable Jesus of The Aetherius Society Mikael Rothstein15. Modern Jesus legends Olav Hammer.