Dread Jesus

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Provides an analysis from an orthodox Christian view of the black, dread-locked Jesus taken from Christianity by the teachings of Rastafari, and an assessment of its significance for global Christianity. Is Rastafari simply a bizarre Christian cult, designed to fade if the Emperor never reappears?
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Overview

Provides an analysis from an orthodox Christian view of the black, dread-locked Jesus taken from Christianity by the teachings of Rastafari, and an assessment of its significance for global Christianity. Is Rastafari simply a bizarre Christian cult, designed to fade if the Emperor never reappears?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610972567
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xv

1 The Black Jesus 1

Ras Jesus 1

Ethiopianistic Christology 3

Jah Incarnate 13

2 Significance of the Black Christ 18

The Black Jesus as Inclusive 18

God in Our Image 23

Christ in the Least of His Brethren 28

3 Selassie I as Jesus Returned 32

The Second Coming of Christ? 32

Selassie the Lion and Jesus the Lamb 34

Did Haile Selassie Consider Himself Black and Divine? 39

Selassie I as Ambassador for Jesus 47

4 Haile Selassie as a Crucified Christ 51

Would God Die Twice? 51

Haile Selassie Did Not Die 54

The Passion of Selassie I 56

God as Man, Man as God: Selassie Was Just a Human 60

5 The 'Eastern' Christ of Rastafari 64

Selassie as Archetype 64

Jesus as an Enlightened Teacher 73

Selassie, Jesus, Howell, and Henry as 'gods' 79

6 God as Man 89

The Humanity of God 89

Dread Jesus as Only a Man 94

Jesus as the White Man's Myth 106

Jesus as the White Man's Condition 112

Freeing Jesus from the Chains of Myth 117

Jesus as a Prophet 122

7 Roots Christianity 125

The Trinities in Rastafari 125

The Ancient Bridge 130

'Roots Christianity' 141

Conclusion 162

Notes 171

Interviews 211

For Further Reading 213

Index 215

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