Mahayana Theology


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Keenan's publications include studies in Yogacara Buddhism, translations from the Chinese Buddhist scriptures, and works on Christian scripture and theology as seen through the lens of Mahayana philosophy.

Selected titles:

  • The Wisdom of James: Parallels with Mahayana Buddhism The Newman Press (Paulist), 2005. This study offers a Mahayana perspective on a verse-by-verse reading of James, teasing out new insights into this brief and oft-ignored epistle. (click here to buy Keenan's The Wisdom of James at
  • The Gospel of Mark: A Mahayana Reading Originally published by Orbis Books, 1995. Now available in electronic version from Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene, OR. Tel: (541) 344-1528.

    In his review, Robert M. Fowler writes: "Keenan's Mahayana reading of Mark casts many features of Mark's narrative into a striking new light." (Review of Biblical Literature, 1999).
    (click here to buy Keenan's The Gospel of Mark at
  • The Meaning of Christ: A Mahayana Theology (Orbis Books, 1989) is an interpretation of the Incarnation through Mahayana terms. It received the first Frederick J. Streng Book Award from the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, 1995. (click here to buy The Meaning of Christ at
  • Beside Still Waters: Jews, Christians, and the Way of the Buddha Co-edited with Harold Kasimow and Linda Klepinger Keenan. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2003. A collection of the personal stories of fourteen practicing Jews and Christians who have been deeply engaged with and influenced by Buddhism. Received the 2004 Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies Book of the Year Award.(click here to buy Beside Still Waters at


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