At least seven men around the world claim to be Jesus Christ, and many have a following of devoted believers.
From a retired Siberian traffic cop named Vissarion to a cross-dressing former British spy David Shayler — these men all claim to be Jesus.
Jesus of Kitwe, Zambia, the taxi driver who was originally beaten by townsfolk for claiming to be Jesus, now says he is even more senior to Jesus in the hierarchy in heaven.
Near Brazil’s capital, former waiter Inri Cristo gets around in a white robe topped off with a plaited white crown.
His devoted female disciples, who live with him in a small compound behind an electrified fence, push him around on a fringed red satin platform on wheels.
Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen has travelled the world photographing these different Jesuses in England, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Zambia, Japan and the Philippines.
He has captured Jesus Matayoshi of Japan, a former politician, standing atop a mini-van amid Tokyo’s commercial heart calmly spreading his Gospel.
Bendiksen photographed the bling of South Africa’s Lord of Lords, Moses Hlongwane, who wears a baseball cap embellished with yellow satin.
Moses, who uses his disciples welfare payments to fund his Jesus compound in KwaZulu-Natal town, last year married one of his young disciples.
Bendiksen’s book, The Last Testament, published by Aperture/GOST, tells each man’s story and publishes their individual gospels.
Bendiksen says the writings of St Paul in the first century make it clear that he expected Jesus to return in his own lifetime.
Since then, many claimants have come forward.
They include Moses of Crete in the fifth century, Ann Lee, a Shaker who considered herself Christ’s female counterpart in 1772, and racing driver Claude Vorilhon, who founded the UFO religion, the Raël Movement in 1972.
Bendiksen chose seven men who have convinced their followers that the Bible prophecy of the second coming has been fulfilled.
“According to the people and communities I’ve photographed, this 2000-year-long wait is finally over, and Jesus is again walking among us,” he writes.