Universal Salvation in a Universal Language? Trevor Steele’s Kaj staros tre alte

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Abstract

Extensive secularisation in Europe and several other parts of the world in recent decades has not diminished the attractiveness of Jesus as a theme in contemporary fiction internationally. Fictional biographies of him continue to appear in many languages. Among the novelists who have tapped their imaginations to fill in gaps in the canonical gospels and construct a Jesus who fits their own agenda is the Australian Trevor Steele. His work of 2006, Kaj staros tre alte, presents Jesus as essentially a supernaturally gifted healer but also as a teacher of universal brotherhood. Steele argues that the effectiveness of Jesus was severely limited by contemporary notions of Jewish apocalypticism and Messianism. Steele’s literary device for providing extra-biblical information about Jesus is a manuscript purportedly written by a Roman tax officer who was stationed in Caesarea approximately a decade after the Crucifixion. Discovered in 2001, this Greek text forms the fictional basis of Kaj staros tre alte.

Universal Salvation in a Universal Language? Trevor Steele’s Kaj staros tre alte

in Religion and Theology

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Paul C. Burns ed.Jesus in Twentieth-Century Literature Art and Movies (New York: ­Continuum2007) 1.

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Theodore ZiolkowskiFictional Transfigurations of Jesus (Princeton: Princeton University Press1972) 14.

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Bowman“On the Definition of Jesus in Modern Fiction” 57.

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Trevor SteeleKai staros tre alte (Vienna: Esperanto Museum2006). All page references in the present article are to this original edition.

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Manuel de SeabraLa tago kiam Jesus perfidis Judason (Vienna: Internacia Esperanto-Muzeo2001).

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SteeleKai staros tre alte9.

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Edward GibbonThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (London: Strahan and Cadell1776) 1: 8–9.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte25–26.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte79.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte237.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte153–154.

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  SteeleKai staros tre alte163–164.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte164.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte164.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte262–263.

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  SteeleKai staros tre alte16–17.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte67–68.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte69.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte67.

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SteeleKai staros tre alte75–76.

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