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Krishnology (also spelled Krishnaology) is an academic neologism. It is a scholastic vehicle for placing theological discourse concerning the Hindu deity Krishna, within the context of Vaishnava "Krishnaism". As a term, Krishnology differentiates itself from other Vaishnava theologies by centering its discourse on the Krishna in his original form and distinguishes itself from other Vaishnava theologies centered on Vishnu avatara other than Krishna.


History of scholarship

In 1952 Ragual Samuel Rahator published Christology and Krishnology, a Critical Study, through Northwestern University.[1]

Guy Beck, a well published scholar on Hinduism, and on Krishna in particular, has published on the Krishnology of the Vaishnava sect known as the Radha-vallabha Sampradaya. Dr. Beck expounds upon this research in his book Alternative Krishnas: Regional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity. Through this research he establishes the Krishnology of the Radhavallabha sampradaya.[2]

Tamala Krishna Gosvami (1946-2002), a Hindu studies scholar and Vaishnava guru, elaborated on this term during his research at the University of Cambridge. While a doctoral student, Tamala Krishna Gosvami studied under Dr. Julius J. Lipner and devoted his time to researching the 'Krishnology' of ISKCON's founder.[3]

Academic institutions

Within the academic study of Hinduism, Krishnology has been engaged by academic institutions such as the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and Bhaktivedanta College.[4]

List of scholars

Additional readings

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