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Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture

An Encyclopedia

Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture by Leslie Houlden
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This multidisciplinary study views Jesus as one of the most central figures in history with a wide-ranging impact on society, literature, art and philosophy.

As a historical figure, there are no absolutes about Jesus. Each religious tradition, from Catholics to Quakers to Pentecostals to Buddhists perceives him differently. Scholars have seen him as a hero, king, martyr and rebel. These countless varying images of Jesus have all influenced history, the arts, culture and social and political thought.

This text distills 2000 years of thinking about Jesus into two volumes. In over 200 A-Z entries, internationally recognized scholars summarize views of Jesus from the Gospel writers to contemporary theologians. Not only does the book explore his impact on Christian liturgy and worship - including the long-lasting 4th- and 5th-century schisms over whether Jesus is human or divine - but it examines the position of Jesus in the traditions of other world religions, such as Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.

Even outside religion, little has been untouched by Jesus' influence. Jesus shaped social and political theory in his time and continues to do so today. This encyclopaedia also explores his changing image in art, sculpture, music and literature, pulling disparate fields of study into one resource. Worldwide scholars, theology and world religions students, and other interested readers should find this resource useful.

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Title: Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture
Author: Leslie Houlden

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