AFTERLIVES: Jesus in global perspective

Editor: Gregory C. Jenks



This set of essays explores the impact of Jesus within and beyond Christianity, including his many ‘afterlives’ in literature and the arts, social justice and world religion during the past 2,000 years and especially in the present global context. The term ‘afterlife’ is being used in the sense that Yvonne Sherwood did in her volume on Jonah: A biblical text and its afterlives: The survival of Jonah in western culture. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

This volume is not an exercise in Christian apologetics, nor is it an interfaith project; except in the sense that many of the contributors will be from a Christian context of some kind, while a great many others will be from other religious and cultural contexts.

The essays need to be original work that is grounded in critical scholarship and/or reflective practice, but expressed in non-technical language so the information is accessible to intelligent non-specialists.



Proposals for contributions around other topics which are clearly relevant to the collection are also most welcome.



  1. The once and future Jesus
  2. The parables of Jesus and the kingdom of God
  3. Contextuality as incarnation
  4. Discovering Jesus in the Psalms
  5. The apocryphal Jesus
  6. Jesus in the Apology of Aristides
  7. Jesus in Byzantine and Crusader coins
  8. Jesus and contemporary Jewish identity
  9. Jesus in the Holy Qur’an and prophetic traditions
  10. Jesus and the Sufis
  11. Jesus and western individualism
  12. Jesus and Hinduism
  13. Jesus and sacrificial atonement theology
  14. Jesus at the edges of Christianity
  15. The popular Jesus in art
  16. Non-conventional depictions of Jesus in popular culture
  17. Carnation: A mysticism of sight
  18. Jesus as patriarch
  19. Jesus through women’s eyes
  20. Jesus for the non-religious
  21. The disappearing Jesus
  22. The Aryan Jesus
  23. Jesus in diverse bodies
  24. A beloved and mystical Jesus
  25. Jesus and human rights
  26. In celebration of a ‘wild’ faith: Jesus in the Australian landscape
  27. Jesus through indigenous Australian eyes
  28. Jesus and indigenous Australian identity
  29. Jesus through Pacific eyes
  30. Jesus in Maori culture
  31. Asian faces of Jesus
  32. Jesus and the transforming influence of friendship
  33. The Judaic humanism of Jesus


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Thank you for your interest in this project.

Gregory C. Jenks