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Jesus Christ Liberator: A Critical Christology for Our Times [Paperback]

By Leonardo Boff (Author) & Patrick Hughes (Translator)
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From the publisher: Who is Jesus Christ for us today? By what names do we call him? Just as the early Christians developed different names for Jesus, so too must we discover the meaning of Jesus for our day. This book is Boff's distinctive contribution to contemporary christology. Boff writes, "Christology thought out and vitally tested in Latin America must have chracteristics of its own. The attentive reader will percieve them throughout this book. The predominantly foreign literature that we cite ought not to delude anyone. It is with preoccupations that our ours alone, taken from our Latin American context, that we will reread not only the old texts of the New Testament but also the most recent commentaries written in Europe."

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Who is Jesus Christ for us today? By what names do we call him? Just as the early Christians developed different names for Jesus, so too must we discover the meaning of Jesus for our day. Jesus Christ Liberator is Boff's distinctive contribution to contemporary Christology. Boff writes, Christology thought out and vitally tested in Latin America must have characteristics of its own. The attentive reader will perceive them throughout this book. The predominantly foreign literature that we cite ought not to delude anyone. It is with preoccupations that are our alone, taken from our Latin American context, that we will re-read no only the old texts of the New Testament but also the most recent commentaries written in Europe."

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   323
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.01 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1978
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  0883442361  
ISBN13  9780883442364  


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HAVING KILLED THE MESSENGER LET US CONTEMPLATE THE MESSAGE OF LOVE  May 27, 2008
Jesus came preaching radical and universal peace and justice and love, and got killed by the earthly and religious powers. The message to love only grew stronger, and wider, and longer.

This book brings us tools to know Jesus, and Christ, and to live Christ's love in our present reality of hatred and dearly beloved divisions.

First published thirty years ago from a Portuguese text first published in Brazil five years earlier, this book might finally be safe for us to read, comprehensible, consumable. We might finally be free to allow this book to guide our feet upon the path of God's peace.

Friar Boff was long respected as a primary theological scholar working in LAtin America, with a large work of writings, including academic and heartfelt meditations of the history, meaning and the breathing of our most basic prayers, including Lord Is My Shepherd: Divine Consolation in Times of Abandonment, Praying With Jesus And Mary: Our Father, Hail Mary, Way of the Cross--Way of Justice, etc. He has examined carefully the basic mysteries of our Faith, including Holy Trinity, Perfect Community, Trinity and Society (Theology and Liberation Series), etc. He has written profound hagiographies, including of the founder of his order in Francis of Assisi: A Model for Human Liberation and the wonderful The Prayer of Saint Francis: A Message of Peace for the World Today. He has served as theology professor, having studied systematic theology in Paris and in Munich, Germany as a young man. He is a valued and solid source, referred to by several other theologians, inclduing Mother Timothy Prokes in her Mutuality: The Human Image of Trinitarian Love.

Here then we gratefully receive his Christological study, which begins not only with an overview of the topic but also provides us the careful and precise analytical tools by which the professional scholars do theology, specifically, Christology.

As usual with Friar Boff's academic theological works, it is well constructed and comprehensive. We begin in Part one with a sweeping review of "The History of the History of Jesus" which examines various Christological methodologies and approaches through the history of Christianity. Part two examines "The Hermeneutic Problem" asking by what means and in what way may we come to know and begin to understand Jesus Christ today, introducing therein the concept of Christology in Latin America from its unique historic, cultural, economic, etc., perspectives.

Part three asks "What did Jesus really want?" reminding us first that to comprehend the answers we must understand the questions, and concluding that He took on our deepest longings.

Part Four describes Jesus Christ as Liberator of the Human Condition and oppressed conscience, revealing how the Kingdom of God implies a revolution of the human world. Part Five exposes Jesus as a "person of extraordinary good sense, creative imagination, and originality." Her is the heart of this message. Friar Boff reveals Jesus as
"authentically human" with "anger and joy, goodness and toughness, friendship, sorrow and temptation." "Jesus never used the word 'obedience;'" "Jesus wants us to understand; He appeals to sound reason."

Later sections examine the meaning of the death of Jesus, condemned as a "guerrilla," and the meaning of the Resurrection. Section eight asks who was Jesus of Nazareth from several historical perspectives. Section nine examines the continuing Christological process through the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke, an informative section which stands on its own as essential study for all who would follow Jesus Christ with understanding and strength. Section ten, entitled "Only a God could be so Human! Jesus the man who is God!" examines carefully the history and meaning of the divine and the human natures of Jesus: "a difficult tension."

Section eleven answers where we find the resurrected Christ today. "Christianity does not live in nostalgia, but celebrates a presence."

Section twelve asks what name we may call Jesus Christ today to cross the bridge between Christ and us. What terminology understand today may bring us to understand Jesus Christ?

Section thirteen examines the essence of Christianity and Christ's relation to the Church. A closing yet lengthy Epilogue draws all of these threads together in powerful concluding statements written from the good Friar's heart and learned mind.

As the author explains in the Preface, when first written terms used in this study were under active political repression in his native Brazil. The Epilogue was written in an atmosphere of greater freedom of expression. The intention of the author is as follows:

"It is my hope that the reaidng of this book will help more privileged Christians to join in fellowship with those who are more oppressed, to commit themselves to the messianic task of liberating human beings completely from everything that diminishes them and offends God." In this statement of purpose we find as well statements from the concluding sections in the Apostolic Exhortation written by Friar Boff's former seminary professor entitled Sacramentum Caritatis: el Sacramento de la Caridad: una Exhortacion Apostolica Postsinodal.

This book requires of its reader a more intensive application than beach blanket reading; in order to understand and to appreciate fully this major work of Catholic Christology, careful study with the support of a practiced and compassionate theology professor at an approved Catholic seminary or other theological institution may well be advised. Nevertheless, as with each of Friar Boff's many works, careful reading is well rewarded with a more ample and profound Faith. Theology is described as "Faith seeking understanding." Works such as this one open widely for us the portals of our Faith, straighten the rugged path and level the steep mountains we must pass. Read this book.
 

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