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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.
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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