Sophie Ling-chia Wei
October 7, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138481503 - CAT# K348879
Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy
This book presents the Jesuit Figurists’ encounter with the Yijing in their mission in China. The author analyses how Jesuit Figurists incorporated their intralingual translation of the Yijing, the classical and vernacular use of Chinese language and the imitation of Chinese literati’s format, and the divinization of Yijing numbers into their typological exegesis.
By presenting the different ways in which Jesuit Figurists’ Christianized the Yijing and grafted a Chinese version of Jesus and Christian stories onto the Chinese classics, this book reveals the value of Jesuit missionary-translators. The Chinese manuscripts the Figurists left behind themselves became treasures which have been excavated and displayed in this book. These treasures reveal the other side of the story, the side not much shown in past scholarship on the Figurists. These handwritten manuscripts on the Christianized Yijing are a legacy which continues to impact the European understanding of Chinese history and civilization in later centuries.
A first analysis of these manuscripts in Chinese, this book uncovers the Jesuits mystic theological interpretation in their trans-textual dialogue in the intra-lingual translation of the Book of Changes. The book will be of interest to scholars working on the history of Christianity in China and East Asian Religion and Philosophy.
1 Introduction; 2 In Other Words—Jesuit Figurists’ Intralingual Translation in their Chinese Manuscripts of the Yijing; 3 The Making of Jesus in the Hands of the Jesuit Figurists— Religious Emotions Transformed in the Translations of the Yijing; 4 The Classical and Vernacular Use of Chinese Language in the Jesuit Figurists’ Reinterpretation of the Yijing; 5 Jesuit Figurists’ Written Space—Figurist Imitation of Chinese Literati in their Re-interpretation of The Yijing; 6 Deciphering God’s Encoded Messages with Divine Language —Jesuit Figurist Theological Interpretation of the Yijing’s Numbers; 7 Concluding Remarks