Luke Clossey

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Page Range

pp. 29–56


  • English

Print Length

28 pages

3. The Development of the Jesus Cult

  • Luke Clossey (author)
This chapter introduces Jesus from multiple perspectives. First it tells a minimalist version of his story using only those details broadly accepted by both Christians and Muslims. Then it turns to facets of Jesus particular to one tradition, looking first at Christianity, then Islam, and finally Manichaeism. The chapter concludes surveying christological controversies in Christianity and Islam before the fifteenth century.


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.