Dustin Smith has continued posting a transcript from when he recently interviewed me. Unfortunately, one of the points looks like it lost something in the recording or summarization process. And since it relates to a potential thesis topic, I thought I’d say more about it here.
There was a Sufi mystic, Abu al-Mughith al-Husayn ibn Mansur al-Hallaj, who reportedly was crucified by Islamic authorities for saying ana al Haqq, “I am the truth.” The account of him – and/or Al-Hallaj’s self understanding – seems to be patterned on the Gospel of John’s depiction of Jesus. And so I think it would be interesting to explore more fully whether one can understand the Johannine Jesus as a mystic.
Jesus in John seems at times to speak as a human being who has encountered God, and at times to speak as one who is from the celestial realm. Could viewing Jesus as a mystic allow these to be reconciled in a single portrait?