In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint

In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint

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Hardcover, W W Norton & Co Inc, 2014, ISBN13 9780393089158, ISBN10 0393089150
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Looks at the medieval tale of St. Josaphat, a prince who gave up everything to follow Jesus, and traces its origins in the story of the Buddha, looking at the various versions of the story, their similarities, and their differences.

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Looks at the medieval tale of St. Josaphat, a prince who gave up everything to follow Jesus, and traces its origins in the story of the Buddha, looking at the various versions of the story, their similarities, and their differences.

The tale of St. Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and kingdom to follow Jesus, was widely told and read in the Middle Ages, translated into a dozen languages, and even cited by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice. Only in the nineteenth century did scholars note the parallels between the lives of Buddha and Josaphat. In Search of the Christian Buddha traces the Buddha's story from India to Persia to Jerusalem and then throughout Europe, as it was rewritten by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian authors, illustrating its unsuspected integration into European culture. Through a comparison of the tale's various versions, this book reveals surprising convergences and divergences--between Christianity and Buddhism on subjects including the meaning of death, the problem of desire, and the view of women.

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Number of Pages: 262
Original Languages: English
Author: Lopez, Donald S., Jr. ,  McCracken, Peggy
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
ISBN-13: 9780393089158
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.50 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0393089150
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