Jesus and the Making of the Modern Mind, 1380-1520 - cover image


Luke Clossey

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800 pages (xiv+786)


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Hardback156 x 59 x 234 mm(6.14" x 2.32" x 9.21")


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  • Jesus
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  • Religion
  • Social and intellectual history

Jesus and the Making of the Modern Mind, 1380-1520

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For his fifteenth-century followers, Jesus was everywhere – from baptism to bloodcults to bowling. This sweeping and unconventional investigation looks at Jesus across one hundred forty years of social, cultural, and intellectual history. Mystics married him, Renaissance artists painted him in three dimensions, Muslim poets praised his life-giving breath, and Christopher (“Christ-bearing”) Columbus brought the symbol of his cross to the Americas. Beyond the European periphery, this global study follows Jesus across – and sometimes between – religious boundaries, from Greenland to Kongo to China.

Amidst this diversity, Jesus and the Making of the Modern Mind, 1380-1520 offers readers sympathetic and immersive insight into the religious realities of its subjects. To this end, this book identifies two perspectives: one uncovers hidden meanings and unexpected connections, while the other restricts Jesus to the space and time of human history. Minds that believed in Jesus, and those that opposed him, made use of both perspectives to make sense of their worlds.

This book includes over one hundred images, tables and audio clips.


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2. The Two Kens

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5. Jesus Places

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8. Jesus Objects

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10. Making Canon

(pp. 241–264)
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11. Interpreting Canon

(pp. 267–332)
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12. Ways of Knowing

(pp. 333–354)
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17. Language and Power

(pp. 519–548)
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19. Resembling Jesus

(pp. 593–614)
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Luke Clossey

Associate Professor of Global History at Simon Fraser University

Luke Clossey is an associate professor of global history at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. His first book, Salvation and Globalization in the Early Jesuit Missions (Cambridge UP, 2008), won the Canadian Historical Association's Ferguson Prize for best work of non-Canadian history; a chapter from it won a paper prize from the World History Association. His writings on global religion, the history of ideas, and history methodology have appeared in the Journal of World History, the Journal of Global History, the Journal of Early Modern History, the Sixteenth Century Journal, Global History Review 全球史评 论 , History Compass, the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, and The Cambridge World History.