WANG MENG’S ON THE CROSS (1988) AFTER 25 YEARS
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This is an analysis of one of the first literary works on a biblical theme in the People’s Republic of China after the Cultural Revolution (1966 – 1976) depicting Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross, Wang Meng’s musings connected with it and his understanding of Jesus as the Messiah, who according to him was a social and political revolutionary. Wang Meng’s views were influenced by the Chinese Jesuits of the 1920s and 1930s, and also certainly by the Marxist ideas common in China to the present day. Although the present writer sympathises with Wang Meng’s understanding of Jesus’ teachings, suffering and death, he criticises Wang Meng’s messianic idea as very different from that in the Mark Gospel and from the common exegesis of the “messianic secret” of the Christian commentators.
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