I’m sharing with you that idea I got while randomly talking with my sons, simply because I honestly think it’s a good one, and it would deserve to become a thing. I’m not claiming any dibs at all, simply, by sharing it, I’m giving a bit more “reality” to the concept, who knows, maybe one day, by word of mouth, etc, the idea will come to life, one can always dream ^^
With my teenage sons, we were talking about how weird the isekai genre is, I recall now, it started with one of them who heard of the “Reborn as a vending machine” WTF one (I shit you not, it exists), and then, I thought of something that, trusting google, hadn’t been done yet.
A variant on the isekai genre, reborn in another world, theme.
Hear me out.
We’re in the XXIst century. An old priest reaches the end of his life. He spent his entire life as a devout catholic, let’s say in the last part of his life he worked with Vatican officials to tackle ways to fight sect indoctrination, to avoid losing believers to scammers.
Time to kick the bucket.
But instead of waking up at the Pearly Gates, the priest finds himself reborn, with all his memories, as an infant in some weird unknown land. He learns the language easily, his brain automatically gives him equivalences between aramaic and his former life’s words, and by his first year, he’s already attracting lots of attention, looking wise and unique.
However, he has his own worries. He quickly learns his father is called Joseph, his mother Mary, and, what joke is this o Lord, they live in Bethlehem.
Screw it, he’s Jesus.
And thus begins his new story. The life of Jesus defined his entire former life, and the life of billions of believers. Even with the wrongs committed in His name, our former priest has made his decision: he will reenact the life of Jesus, step by step, including the dramatic conclusion.
Cheating will be necessary: he is just a man, without actual superpowers. You can only walk on water if you spotted where a sand bank has been formed overnight, you can’t spend 40 days in a desert without hiding provisions first where nobody will find them, etc. You’d need years to train enough in sleigh of hands to convincingly multiply bread loaves or transform water into wine.
And we can imagine a dramatic final arc, in which Jesus has to convince his best friend, a man with a heart of gold, to accept to betray him and sell him out to the Romans. Poor Judas, will he accept Jesus’ arguments?
So, yeah, that was it. I recognize this sounds stupid, laid out like that, but I really think the idea’s got potential, in the hands of someone skilled ^^