A journal of academic theology

Volume 70 Number 2

Jesus the Galilean Jew in Mestizo Theology

Galilee must have had special salvific signification for the first Christians, as it played an important role in the post-Easter memory of the followers of Jesus and was part of the earliest kerygma (Acts 10:37–41). This article narrates a Mexican-American pastor’s journey that led to a theological exploration of Galilee. It examines why this ethnic

The Galilean Jesus and a Contemporary Christology

Current interest in the Galilean Jesus as a historical figure has obscured the christological claims of the New Testament with regard to his person and ministry. This article seeks to build bridges between Jesus and the proclamation about him by exploring three themes arising from accounts of his ministry (messiahship, openness to Gentiles, and the

Jesus and the Undocumented Immigrant: A Spiritual Geography of a Crucified People

The article explores the spirituality of undocumented immigrants along the U.S./Mexico border. It first examines the connection between the outer geography of the immigrant journey and the inner landscape that shapes immigrant spirituality. It then explores how this journey gives rise to the theological concept of the crucified peoples. Finally it looks at this christological

The Option for the Poor Arises from Faith in Christ

The author argues that the preferential option for the poor (1) constitutes a part of following Jesus that gives ultimate meaning to human existence and thus gives believers “reason to hope”; and (2) helps us understand faith in terms of a hermeneutics of hope, an interpretation that must be constantly enacted and reenacted throughout our

Galilee: A Critical Matrix for Marian Studies

Historical imagination can open a powerful door to the world of Mary of Nazareth depicted in the Gospels and relate her to the quest for justice today. Galilee as a geographic region and social location is a marker of Mary’s time and place that serves as shorthand for the scandal of God’s preference for the

Galilean Journey Revisited: Mestizaje, Anti-Judaism, and the Dynamics of Exclusion

The article explores Virgilio Elizondo’s Galilean Journey and its critiques, particularly the claim that he uses anti-Jewish rhetoric. While acknowledging the legitimacy of some concerns, the author argues that in both its object of study (the New Testament portrayal of Jesus as Galilean) and its hermeneutical location (marginalized contemporary believers), Elizondo’s work provides regulative principles

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (Jn 4:1-42) in Africa

The author reads the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1–42) in light of social ills afflicting African society today. She first highlights the rejection, prejudice, and isolation of the two main characters in their own contexts, and their contribution to John’s account of how the woman leads her village to the “living

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