A journal of academic theology

Jakub Urbaniak

Extending and Locating Jesus’s Body: Toward a Christology of Radical Embodiment

The African Jesus of Tinyiko Maluleke and the Christ of deep incarnation represent
two radically different christological trajectories. While the deep incarnation theologians
extend Jesus’s body into social and cosmic bodies, Maluleke locates Jesus’s body in the
bodies of his fellow Africans. Each of these christological moves is interpreted as a
manifestation, albeit in a different sense, of God’s radical embodiment through Jesus in
our world. African appropriations of Jesus stand out as a warning that even christologizing
centered upon the category of “flesh” is at risk of remaining purely visionary unless it is
done by and/or with those in whose own bodies Jesus is being crucified.

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