on Jesus and Vegetarianism
Kamran Pasha, author of Mother of the Believers --
a novel about the birth of Islam -- is now writing another novel about the
birth of Christianity. He
has also written a very insightful blog on Jesus' attitude towards animals,
titled "Jesus and the Ethical Treatment of Animals," which
perhaps gives us some clues into what the novel will cover.
He talks about the disputes in the early church, Paul, the
Ebionites, Epiphanius and the pseudo-Clementine
literature, James the brother of Jesus, and vegetarianism. In
fact, as I'm reading this blog, I'm thinking, this guy has really done his
research! In fact, it sounds like he's read my book!
And indeed, after he gets about 2/3 of the way through, he
mentions that he has read my book (The
Lost Religion of Jesus), in connection with the idea that the
confrontation in the temple was over the issue of animal sacrifice, and
the absorption of Ebionites ideas into mystical Islam.
The Lost Religion
of Jesus is not the only book he cites, or even the first.
He also mentions Robert Eisenman's book James
the Brother of Jesus and Barrie Wilson's book How
Jesus Became Christian. But I'm glad that this topic is now
getting attention from a distinguished novelist and writer.
September 8, 2009