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Chinese TheologyText and Context$
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Chloë Starr

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204216

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204216.001.0001

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Zhao Zichen and a Creative Theology: The Life of Jesus (1935)1

Zhao Zichen and a Creative Theology: The Life of Jesus (1935)1

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(p.73) 3 Zhao Zichen and a Creative Theology: The Life of Jesus (1935)1
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Chinese Theology
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Chloë Starr

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204216.003.0004

The Christian intellectuals and leaders who inherited the mission legacy and its rhetoric and remained within historic denominations occupied a demanding mediating position: interpreting Christian thought to China and Christ into Chinese modes. Zhao Zichen (T. C. Chao) was at the forefront of those conceptualizing and realizing a Chinese Protestant church. Chapter Three discusses Zhao’s 1935 Life of Jesus (Yesu zhuan), a semi-fictional biography written to respond to the call for a new “Chinese Christian Literature.” In its study of this highly readable short work, replete with Chinese literary references, the chapter focuses on the structure of the narrative, on Jesus’ self-understanding as the Messiah and on the role of landscape in the novella.

Keywords:   Zhao Zichen, Life of Jesus, biography, inculturation, contextualization, Christian fiction

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