This work provides concise academic introductions to the origins and central themes of Buddhism and Christianity. It covers: the relative importance of Jesus and the Buddha within Christianity; perspectives on self and the self's future; love; and ethics. The book explores Jesus's and the Buddha's different notions of passion and suffering, meditation, prayer and commitment to the world, history and community. It includes a comprehensive bibliography and is written by two prominent scholars.
Ulrich Luz, Professor of New Testament at the University of Bern, Switzerland, is co-editor of the Evangelisch-Katholischen Kommentar series and of the journal Evangelische Theologie. Alex Michaels is an Indologist and Comparative Religionist and Professor of Classical Indology at the Southeast Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg.