The traditional calendar of saints includes Saint "Josaphat" or "Iodasaph,"
son of a fourth-century king of India. A convert to Christianity, Iodasaph
abdicated the throne to embrace a life of ascetic piety. As scholars now
widely acknowledge, what was once taken to be the biography of a Christian
saint is instead the accidental Christianization of a story of Prince Siddhartha
from the Jataka Tales.
The legend of "Iodasaph," a garbled form of "Bodhisattva," meandered
over various Buddhist, Manichean, and Arabic paths on its way to being baptized
as a piece of medieval Christian hagiography. In various texts, the name
appears as "Budhasaf," "Bodisav," and "Bwdysdf" all even closer to
the original. So there you have it: Gautama Buddha, a Catholic saint!
How tempting it is to imagine the hybrid saint as if the
historical-critical understanding of the tale were a component of it, as
if there really had been a Christian saint named Iodasaph who had Buddhist
leanings. What sort of saintly wisdom would he have imparted?
Longstanding Christian*New Age Quarterly readers will recall
Robert M. Price's "Tales of Saint Iodasaph," a series that ran intermittently
from our January-March 1991 to October-December 1994 issues. Then, a decade
later, the Saint reappeared! In all these tales not quite fiction,
more than intellectual ingenuity Dr. Price weaves together Eastern
and Western wisdom using as mouthpiece the curious historical happenstance
of a Buddhist legend that became a Christian saint.
Now, Dr. Price has gathered the "Tales" into an eBook collection,
Biblical Buddhism: Tales and Sermons of Saint Iodasaph, published
by eBookIt.com. For more information, check out the Reverend Daniel B. Hahn's
Summer 2012 "Peek
Between the Covers."
If, however, you are interested in a particular title or would
prefer to read the "Tales" in hardcopy form you are most welcome to
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Spring 2012 (V20, N2+)
(reprint of the series' introduction from January-March 1991 [V3,
"Blessed are the
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Wisdom" Summer 2009 (V19, N1)
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Come" April-June 2005 (V17, N2)
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"Saint Iodasaph" and "A Sermon of Saint Iodasaph: The Great
January-March 1991 (V3, N1)
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