Avatar and Incarnation

Pages: 296
Subject: Religion
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: bibliography, index

Avatar and Incarnation

The Divine in Human Form in the World's Religions

Geoffrey Parrinder

A rich insight into the role played by earthly manifestations of the divine.
9781851681303 (3 Apr 1997)
RRP £26.00 / US$22.95

The Book

This text looks at the origin and development of the doctrine of the "divine being". The author offers an insight into the role this earthly manifestation of the divine plays in the major religions of the world, and looks at the implications for belief, devotion, worship and understanding.

Additional Information

Subject Religion
Pages 296
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations bibliography, index


About the Author

Geoffrey Parrinder was Emeritus Professor of the Comparative Study of Religions at Kings College London. He died in 2005 after having become one of the foremost in his field. During his long and successful life, his books were widely published, having been translated into twelve languages.


"Dr Parrinder is a distinguished contributor to what literature there is on the subject… He provides a much-needed critical survey of a difficult and complex area."

- The Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

I Avatars in Hinduism.

1. Introduction

2. Avatars in the Great Epic

3. Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita

4. Philosophical Comments on Avatar Doctrine.

5. Avatar in Rama

6. Growth of the Krishna Cult

7. Similarity and Opposition

8. Modern Indian Thought and Christianity

9. Analysis of Avatar Doctrines.

II Buddhas, Jinas and Sufis

10. Incarnation of the Buddha

11. Buddhas and Avatars

12. Developing Buddhology

13.Jinas and Avatars

14. Incarnation in Islam

III. Christian and Other Beliefs

15. Incarnation and Avatars

16. Theophany: Differences between Krishna and Christ

17. Docetism, in Buddhology and Christology

18. Adoptionism: Christ and Muhammad

19. Recent Interpretations

Bibliography of Texts

Bibliography of Modern Writings


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