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Non-Western Jesus: Jesus as Bodhisattva, Avatara, Guru, Prophet, Ancestor or Healer? (Martien E Brinkman) Paperback Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2009) 9781845533984


Title: Non-Western Jesus: Jesus as Bodhisattva, Avatara, Guru, Prophet, Ancestor or Healer?

Author: Brinkman, Martien E

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9781845533984

Volumes: 1; Pages: 352

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The centre of gravity of contemporary Christianity has shifted to the southern hemisphere. However, except in South America, almost all Christians in the southern hemisphere are minorities in their home countries. In Asia they live amongst the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Shamanist or Taoist majorities, which are increasingly affecting the Christian theology that is done there. The same is happening in Africa, in the relation between African Christians and traditional African religions. A non-Western theology with its own images and concepts is coming into being.

Translated from the original Dutch edition published in 2006, The Non-Western Jesus uses the concept "double transformation" as a guideline in the description of the genesis of this theology. For the author, this term indicates that concepts are applied to Jesus that--in Western opinion--add new dimensions to Jesus, while the concepts themselves are also changed through their application to Jesus. Change thus occurs on both sides. As a result, Jesus is undergoing a transformation that is both unprecedented and exciting.

Contents

Preface

Part I: Where is Jesus 'at Home'?

1. The Cultural Embedding of the Gospel

2. Something New about Jesus?

Part II: The Asian Religious Context

3. Sources of Asian Theology

4. The Unique Nature of Asian Theology

Part III: The Chinese Jesus

5. The Chinese Context

Part IV: Jesus as Bodhisattva

6. Jesus in a Buddhist Context

Part V: The Japanese and Korean Jesus

7. The Japanese Jesus

8. The Korean Jesus

Part VI: The Indian Jesus

9. Historical Encounters

10. Examples of Reflection on Jesus

11. Jesus as Avatara and Guru

Part VII: The Indonesian Jesus

12. The Indonesian Religious Context

13. Indonesian Images of Jesus

14. Further Indonesian Interpretations of Jesus

Part VIII: The African Jesus

15. The African Religious Context

16. African Images of Jesus

Part IX: Conclusions

17 Methodical Conclusions

18. Substantial Conclusions

19. Was Jesus Already in Asia and Africa before the Missionaries Came?

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