Paul C. Pappas

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Paul Constantine Pappas (born 1934) is an American writer. He is professor of history at West Virginia Institute of Technology.[1]

A Jain, Pappas has an interest in the religions of India. In 1991 he wrote a book on the Roza Bal shrine in Srinagar, which, according to the teaching of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1899), founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, is the tomb not of a Buddhist or Muslim holy man, but of Jesus of Nazareth. Pappas notes that the Yuzasaf (or Budasaf) traditions associated with the tomb are interpreted by Ahmadis to read that the Yuzasaf tradition is also about Jesus and not Buddha.[2] Pappas uses as sources Ahmadi authors such as Nazir Ahmad and Aziz Kashmiri, and esoteric writers such as Andreas Faber-Kaiser and Holger Kersten, but not critical academic sources such as Günter Grönbold, Norbert Klatt, and Per Beskow. However Pappas concludes the scholarship of the Ahmadi claims is questionable (page 97), that passages from various texts have been collected and presented inaccuraely and out of context in order to prove that Jesus traveled to Kashmir (page 100). Therefore, the thesis rests only on eastern legends which for the most part are not reliable, not only because they were written long after the facts, but also because their stories of "Yuzasaf" are different and in contradiction and therefore it is almost impossible to identify "Yuz Asaf" with Jesus (page 115).

Publications[edit]

  • United States and the Greek War for Independence 1821-1828, New York: Columbia University Press, 1985
  • Pappas, Paul Constantine. Jesus' tomb in India : the debate on his death and Resurrection. Berkeley, California: Asian Humanities Press, an imprint of Jain Publishing Company, 1991.

Articles:

  • "A Portrait of Early American Journalism West of the Alleghenies" 1969[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steven Propp Josu: Prisoner at Shalem: The Story of a Religious Revolutionary 2005 "Paul C. Pappas, a Jain, wrote Jesus' Tomb In India: The Debate on His Death and Resurrection (1991) which investigates the idea that Jesus ultimately died and was buried as “Jusasef the Prophet,” according to local legends."
  2. ^ Paul C. Pappas Jesus' Tomb in India: The Debate on His Death and Resurrection 1991 Page 90 "The Ahmadis also think that the Christian-Greek medieval popular story of Barlaam and Joasaph, the origin of which was Indian and which was thought to be based on the life of Buddha, was an old version of the life of Yuz Asaf or Yuzasaph,"
  3. ^ The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society - Volume 67 - Page 335 Kentucky Historical Society - 1969 -"Mr. Pappas is an assistant professor of history at West Virginia Institute of Technology."