Luke Clossey

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pp. 593–614


  • English

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22 pages

19. Resembling Jesus

  • Luke Clossey (author)
This chapter looks at less literal examples of imitation of, and proximity to, Jesus. Some cultists moved closer to Jesus by imitating him, and others found deep-ken significance in parallels between Jesus and their notable contemporaries. Some, on a continuum from actors to kings, behaved--or were seen to behave--in ways that created a deep-ken consonance between themselves and Jesus. Some of the imitators imitated his poverty through nudity, and his passion through flagellation, which practices became intimate, and sexual, in the eyes of some authorities. Some cultists interacted with Jesus in very concrete ways, in plain-ken time and space, even to the point of marriage.


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.