The Jesus Sutras: Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity

In 1907, explorers discovered a vast treasure trove of ancient scrolls, silk paintings, and artifacts dating from the 5th to 11th centuries A.D in a long sealed cave in a remote region of China Among them, written in Chinese, were scrolls that recounted a history of Jesus life and teachings in beautiful Taoist concepts and imagery that were unknown in the West These wrIn 1907, explorers discovered a vast treasure trove of ancient scrolls, silk paintings, and artifacts dating from the 5th to 11th centuries A.D in a long sealed cave in a remote region of China Among them, written in Chinese, were scrolls that recounted a history of Jesus life and teachings in beautiful Taoist concepts and imagery that were unknown in the West These writings told a story of Christianity that was by turns unique and disturbing, hopeful and uplifting The best way to describe them is collectively, with a term they themselves use The Jesus Sutras The origins of Christianity seem rooted in Western civilization, but amazingly, an ancient, largely unknown branch of Christian belief evolved in the East Eminent theologian and Chinese scholar Martin Palmer provides the first popular history and translation of the sect s long lost scriptures all of them than a thousand years old and comparable in significance to the Dead Sea Scrolls Gathered, deciphered, and interpreted by a team of expert linguists and scholars, these sacred texts present an inspiring use of Jesus teachings and life within Eastern practices and meditations and provide an extraordinary window into an intriguing, profoundly gentler, spiritual Christianity than existed in Europe or Asia at the time, or, indeed, even today Palmer has devoted than a decade to seeking the extant writings and other evidence of this lost religion His search was triggered by an encounter with an immense, mysterious carved stele stone from the 8th century that resides in a Chinese museum collection called the Forest of Stones The Chinese text on this stonecommemorates the founding of a religion of light in China by a great Western teacher and features a unique cross that merges Taoist symbolism with the Christian cross The scrolls, the stone, and a strange map of the area around a hallowed temple where Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching before disappearing forever gave Palmer enough information to rediscover one of the earliest Christian monasteries At the site was an 8th century pagoda still intact, and within it, in 1998, Palmer and his team found evidence, including statues, underground passageways, and artifacts, that helped them uncover and recreate the era and rituals of the Taoist Christians The Taoist Christians, who wrote the Jesus Sutras recognized equality of the sexes, preached against slavery, and practiced nonviolence toward all forms of life In particular, this tradition offered its followers a hopeful vision of life on earth and after death than the dominant Eastern religions, teaching that Jesus had broken the wheel of karma and its consequent punishing, endless reincarnations Vividly re creating the turbulence of a distant age that is remarkably evocative of our own times, Palmer reveals an extraordinary evolution of spiritual thought that spans centuries A thrilling modern quest that is also an ancient religious odyssey, The Jesus Sutras shares a revolutionary discovery with profound historical implications imparting timeless messages and lessons for men and women of all backgrounds and faiths.
The Jesus Sutras Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity In explorers discovered a vast treasure trove of ancient scrolls silk paintings and artifacts dating from the th to th centuries A D in a long sealed cave in a remote region of China Among

  • Title: The Jesus Sutras: Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity
  • Author: Martin Palmer Eva Wong
  • ISBN: 9780345434241
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jesus Sutras The Jesus Sutras are early Chinese language manuscripts blending Taoist, Buddhist, and Christian teachings They are connected with the th century mission of Alopen, a Church of the East bishop from Sassanian Mesopotamia.These manuscripts have been named sutras a word associated with Buddhist texts only recently by Western authors. The manuscripts date from between AD, the year of The Jesus Sutras Rediscovering the Lost Unlike some of the other reviews here, I see no sensationalism, no hype The man is telling of his experiences and presents the Jesus Sutras in well crafted translations, most done with considerable help from the likes of Eva Wong. The Lost Sutras of Jesus Unlocking the Ancient Wisdom of The Lost Sutras of Jesus is a fascinating historical journey and spiritual quest into the heart of Jesus s teachings and the essence of Eastern religion Around A.D , Christian missionaries entered China from the west and had their message translated with a Taoist and Buddhist overlay. The Jesus Sutras An Ancient Message for a Post Modernist The Jesus Sutras An Ancient Message for a Post Modernist Future by Martin Palmer Martin Palmer For over years I have been profoundly interested in the faiths, cultures, history and philosophies of THE SHIVA SUTRAS inannareturns THE SHIVA SUTRAS In My Understanding V Susan Ferguson These pages are dedicated to all who long for their Freedom, Moksha, Jivan Mukti May we find our Way Home. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Integral Yoga Studio The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Introduction, Commentaries, and Translation What are the Yoga Sutras and who is Patanjali Over fifty different English translations of the Yoga Sutras are extant, standing as a human testament to how Universal Truth is celebrated in terms of a rich diversity. Kriya Yoga Bookstore Books Babaji s Kriya Yoga Bookstore offering a selection of books about Kriya Yoga, Babaji and the Siddhas. Jesus in Asia by RS Sugirtharajah E ast is East, and West is West, but the twain did meet and influenced each other unpredictably For instance, the post colonial Asia encountered Christianity during its first interactions with the West The fruit of such a meeting is the post colonial religion that is Comparison of Buddhism and Christianity R.C A refers to a miracle from the first chapter of Mahavagga, the Book of the Discipline, IV, where Buddha himself displayed his power over nature.A thinks that Jesus himself was influenced by Buddhist teachings and that Buddhist material continued to influence Christianity as it developed R. Notes on Selected Books on Yoga, Philosophy and Religion BRAHMA SUTRAS Text, Word to word Meaning, Translation and Commentary By Sri Swami Sivananda A clear and easy exposition of the Brahma Sutras of Sri Veda Vyasa by Swami Sivananda.

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    1. Fundamentalists are loath to admit the degree to which their faith is informed by Western culture. Amid the throes of the current Culture War, Christians should be able to distinguish between accumulated cultural artifacts and the core of First Century Christianity. Unfortunately, the Christian Right finds any attempt to identify non-Biblical cultural practices as a thinly veiled attempt to deconstruct their carefully crafted comfort zone. Many contemporary Evangelicals are unaware that many of [...]

    2. this is one of those books that made a lot of things "click" for me regarding spirituality, culture, an integrated worldview, and contextualization.I wrote about it in 2005, pasted here:It is an historical account of the first Christian mission to China (led by the monk Alouben) in 635, a piecing together of various strands of evidence: a long-lost Christian monastery now used as a Buddhist temple (with Christian statues in the eighth-century pagoda), a sutra (holy writing) of stone in a stone l [...]

    3. In the 8th century, Christian missionaries arrived in China from the Syriac-speaking Christian world - the Church external to the Roman Empire, that didn't participate in the Councils that defined the religion in the Greek-speaking world. There they established a monastery and worked to spread the gospel, creating missionary literature and liturgies that spoke to the Chinese context. In clear and compelling prose, Martin Palmer tells the story of that mission - so far as we know it - and the sto [...]

    4. First off, I'd like to say that the subject here is fascinating: in the last hundred years, it's come to light that there was a thriving Christian community in China as early as the sixth century, nearly a thousand years before the next major missionary movement (i.e. the Jesuits). Palmer writes ably about the discovery of this community's artifacts and about the growth of the early Syrian church, which spread from present-day Afghanistan across the silk road to Tibet and even China. His style i [...]

    5. In The Jesus Sutras, Martin Palmer tells the story of Nestorian Christianity in China by unpacking and commenting on seventh and eight century writings found sealed in a cave at Dunhuang alongside Buddhist and Manichean texts. Palmer’s book is aimed at a popular audience, and he has a rare talent for presenting complex information in a clear and lucid manner without distorting the story. Palmer’s ability to outline the core tenants of major world religions or the rise and fall empires within [...]

    6. This is a good translation of the Dunhuang manuscripts. I think there are some earlier translations but this one is the best. It also gives a good general background of the circumstances under which they were discovered and a general account of the rise and decline of early Chinese Christianity.I don't think that the description of the scrolls as "Taoist" really carries any weight and I don't know where he is getting this. I'd say that the scrolls do not have any particular Chinese ideology, jus [...]

    7. This intriguing work explores the discovery of a Chinese Christian monastery and a cache of writings that prove Christianity was introduced to China as early as the 5th century. These works drew upon the vocabulary of Taoism and Buddhism and adopted cultural idioms in order to communicate the gospel to the Chinese in a way they could understand. Some of the content of these "Jesus Sutras" is very noncontroversial; other components, such as references to reincarnation, may cause orthodox Christia [...]

    8. I absolutely loved this book. At first, I was somewhat irritated with Palmer's Indiana Jones-esque retelling of how he discovered the Da Qin Monastery, but once we got into the Sutras - priceless. How beautiful many of them are - sometimes the text seem forced (more the problem of Christian Dogma than any problem with translation), but other times - particularly regarding the later sutras of JingJing - the fusion of Truth in Christianity, Taoism and Buddhism is just beautiful. It is a lovely obj [...]

    9. oh man this is a great book- i found out about it when i was in china researching china and christianity and the history of the two togetheri read some articles that were similar to watching an indiana jones movie and then ordered the book and it was waiting for me when i got back to the states- wow what a journey it is all about this guy martin palmer and his life journey to find out how christianity came to china and the fall of it and all. cool story - true story that is.

    10. I only read the translations and none of the commentary, but I thought these writings from the ancient Nestorians in China were fascinating. They clearly acclimated to the culture and sought to relate the local religion with Christianity. The question is whether or not they went too far in linking the two belief systems.

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