Alternative Christs by Olav HammerAlternative Christs by Olav Hammer

Alternative Christs

EditorOlav Hammer

Hardcover | August 31, 2009

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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. Jörg 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.
Title:Alternative ChristsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:August 31, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521889022

ISBN - 13:9780521889025

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Table of Contents

1. Alternative Christs: an introduction Olav Hammer; 2. The gnostic Christ Roelof van den Broek; 3. Jesus in the New Testament apocrypha Einar Thomassen; 4. The Manichaean Jesus Jason BeDuhn; 5. Jesus in Islam Jan Hjärpe; 6. Christ and the alchemical mass Urszula Szulakowska; 7. Son of the Son of God: the feminine Messiah and her progeny, according to Guillaume Postel (1510-1581) Jean-Pierre Brach; 8. The seminal essence of divinity: Swedenborg's understanding of Jesus Christ Wouter J. Hanegraaff; 9. Christ in Hinduism: traditional views and recent developments Bradley Malkovsky; 10. Christ in Mormonism Douglas J. Davies; 11. The conception of Christ in the Theosophical tradition James A. Santucci; 12. The Aryan Christ: the electrochristology of Ariosophy Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke; 13. 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 Rothstein; 15. Modern Jesus legends Olav Hammer.

Editorial Reviews

'Olav Hammer has assembled an impressive group of scholars to present a remarkable array of studies of depictions of Christs little known outside the small world of academic specialists on the subject. The Journal of Church History