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.




The once and future Jesus (Gregory C. Jenks)
Jesus, parables and the kingdom of God (John Dominic Crossan)
Discovering Jesus in the Psalms: Early Christian reception of the Psalms as messianic texts (David Cohen)
The apocryphal Jesus (Kurt A. Richardson)
Jesus in Tertullian (Geoffrey D. Dunn)
Jesus beyond Nicaea and Chalcedon (David Galston)
Jesus Christ in Byzantine coins (Peter Lewis)
The ‘Disappeared Jesus’ and the Emancipation of European Jewry (Lorraine Parkinson)
The Aryan Jesus (Jocelyn Kellam)
Jesus as Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Age (James Tabor)


Contextuality as Incarnation (Robert M. Price)
Jesus in the Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Traditions (Mustafa Abu Sway)
From Jesus to Kafka (Richard Freund)
Jesus and contemporary Jewish identity (Richard E. Sherwin)
The Judaic humanism of Jesus (Tom Drake-Brockman)
Jesus and the Sufis (Yazid Said)
Jesus and Yoga (Vishal Sharma)
Jesus in Chinese culture (Ryan Pino & Bin Song)
Jesus at the edges of Christianity (Bernard Doherty)
In Celebration of a ‘wild’ Faith: Jesus in the Australian Landscape (Rex A. E. Hunt)
Jesus and the Transforming Influence of Friendship (John Smith)


Asian Faces of Jesus (Joseph N. Goh)
Jesus through Indigenous Australian eyes (Glenn Loughrey)
Jesus and indigenous Australian identity (Anne Pattel-Gray)
Jesus in Maori culture (Jenny Te Paa Daniels)
Jesus through Pacific eyes (Sefora Carroll)
Carnation: A Mysticism of Sight (Peter Kline)
The popular Jesus in art (Rod Pattenden)
Non-conventional depictions of Jesus in popular culture (Jonathan Sargeant)
Jesus the Beloved: Mysticism and sexuality in the spiritual path of a gay man (Michael B. Kelly)
Jesus in diverse bodies (Josephine Inkpin)
‘You will always have the poor’: The Call of the Hidden Jesus (Peter Catt)
Jesus through women’s eyes (Marian Free)
Jesus as patriarch (Janice McRandal)
Jesus and the Western individual (Michael Free)

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Thank you for your interest in this project.

Gregory C. Jenks