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Dr. Edwin F. Bryant

Professor of Hinduism

Rutgers University

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Rutgers University

7 College Avenue Winants Hall

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

United States

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The Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department (CCB) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a national leader in undergraduate and graduate education and scientific research. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has ranked Rutgers among the to ... more

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Employment History


Harvard University


Bachelors' degree

Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures

Columbia University

Master's degree


Columbia University


Indic Civilization and Religion , culture and history

Columbia University


Indic languages and cultures


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Rebuttal to Dr. Chris Forbes concerning 'Zeitgeist, Part 1' [cached]

Dr. Edwin F. Bryant, professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University

A Refutation of Acharya S's book, The Christ Conspiracy - Risen Jesus, Inc. [cached]

Dr. Edwin Bryant, Professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University is a scholar on Hinduism. As of the writing of this paper, he has just translated the Bhagavata-Purana (life of Krishna) for Penguin World Classics and is currently writing a book to be titled, In Quest of Historical Krishna.

After tracing similarities related to the birth, childhood, and divinity of Jesus, as well as the late dating of these legendary developments in India, "[t]here can be no doubt that the Hindus borrowed the tales [from Christianity], but not the name."(28) Bryant also comments that these parallels come from the Bhagavata Purana and the Harivamsa. Bryant believes the former "to be prior to the 7th century AD (although many scholars have hitherto considered it to be 11 century AD."(29) Yet this is hundreds of years after the Gospel accounts. Of the Harivamsa, Bryant is uncertain concerning its date.
Ms. Murdock further claims that Christianity has failed in India because "the Brahmans have recognized Christianity as a relatively recent imitation of their much older traditions."(32) To this, Dr. Bryant simply commented, "Stupid comment."(33)
I also asked Dr. Bryant regarding the historical evidence for Krishna as an historical rather than mythical figure. He responded that we know that people were worshipping Krishna as god in the fifth century (maybe sixth century) B. C. However, there is nothing more than that in terms of evidence.

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Edwin Bryant Professor of Hindu Religion and Philosophy Rutgers University

Edwin Bryant

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Edwin Bryant Professor of Hindu Religion and Philosophy Rutgers University

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I highly recommend any book translated, commented on or written by Edwin T. Bryant is a treasure. He is a professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University and is one of the most engaging people I have ever met. He makes everything so easy to understand and as soon as you read his work, the light bulbs start going off like crazy!

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