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Jesus in Asia

1 June 2018

RS Sugirtharajah

Reconstructions of Jesus were circulating in parts of Asia long before the Western search for Jesus as a historical figure began in earnest. According to Sugirtharajah, in seventh-century China and seventeenth-century India, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Catholics and members of the Church of the East were among the groups engaging with Jesus as a figure, but during the age of European colonialism he was viewed by Asians as a tribal god of white Europeans. Asians have since reinterpreted Jesus and Christianity both appreciatively and critically.

Penguin Random House India, 320 pages, Rs 699

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