Journal Article

Jesus in India? Transgressing Social and Religious Boundaries

Simon J. Joseph

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 80, issue 1, pages 161-199
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
Jesus in India? Transgressing Social and Religious Boundaries

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In the late nineteenth century, a text alleged to be the translation of an ancient Buddhist manuscript referring to an “unknown life of Jesus” in India created a heated controversy that continues to this day. This legend is generally ignored by biblical scholars, yet the socio-cultural circumstances that led to the developments of the legend and the rhetorical strategies employed by its proponents provide us with an opportunity to analyze the intersections of various interests and problematics in the field of religion and to re-examine fundamental tenets and presuppositions in the study of Christian origins.

Journal Article.  11814 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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