Sunday, October 10, 2021

An Indigenous Jesus

In "An Indigenous Jesus" - a new article just published in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion - I explore how the category of "indigeneity" not only illuminates the relationship(s) and power-dynamics between Native/Indigenous Peoples, cultures, and traditions and the colonial context(s) within which they continue to exist. It also sheds light on the methodological and theoretical challenges associated with determining the historical Jesus's "Jewish" identity within a predominantly "Christian" discourse. By critically comparing the historical Jesus with the historical Black Elk -- a Lakota holy man now virtually recognized as a Catholic saint - the concept of "indigeneity" provides a useful way to understand the complex and contested natures of social, ethnic, and religious identity.