Re: [Synoptic-L] Prodigal Son and Buddhism
- I don't know about Wang Shi but I think the parable of the prodigal son may
be autobiographical, at least partly.
From: E Bruce Brooks
Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2011 11:22 PM
Subject: [Synoptic-L] Prodigal Son and Buddhism
To: GPG (Synoptic)
On: Prodigal Son and Buddhism
We had been mentioning the possibility (bearing in mind Derrett's and other
suggestions) that Luke's Prodigal Son parable had Indian origins. I had
concluded that typologically the Lotus Sutra version was later than Luke,
and was more likely to reflect movement in a West > East direction rather
than otherwise. On the other hand, if an older version of the Lotus Sutra
story could be found, that might change things.
A colleague on the other side of the hill has just pointed out a little
noticed version, in a late text but bearing marks of linguistic earliness.
Here it is:
It seems to me that though this is a plausible antecedent to the Lotus Sutra
version, it does not offer a more plausible source for the Luke parable.
Any other suggestions?
[E Bruce Brooks / University of Massachusetts at Amherst]
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