Postponing Heaven

The Three Nephites, the Bodhisattva, and the Mahdi

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Jad Hatem
Groundwork: studies in theory and Scripture
  • Provo, UT: 
    Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
    , November
     110 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Christianity, like other world religions, surprisingly acknowledges the existence of a plurality of human messiahs. In this comparative work, philosopher Jad Hatem examines Mormonism’s Three Nephites, Buddhism’s Bodhisattva, and Islam’s Mahdi—distinctive messianic figures who postpone Heaven, sacrificially prolonging their lives for the benefit of humankind.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jad Hatem is a professor of philosophy, literature, and religion at St Joseph s University in Beirut, Lebanon, where he has taught since 1976. He has served as the chair of the philosophy department at the university, as also the director of the Centre d etudes Michel Henry. He is the author of dozens of books. Among his most recent publications are Quie est la vérité? (Hermann, 2012), L Amour comme puissance et comme vérité (Éditions du Cygne, 2012), and Un bruit d avoir été (Orizons, 2014). The translator Dr. Jonathon Penny is a published poet and scholar of letters, whose work examines the intersection of theology and literature in surprising ways and places. He has taught at universities in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East.

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