This collection presents four volumes written by renowned Catholic scholars on different aspects of Christology. Discover how early Christian hymns influenced Christological doctrines. Examine Christology’s Trinitarian nature and how the Eastern and Western Christian traditions view it. Follow the resurrection narratives in the four Gospels and gain an appreciation for Jesus’ place in history. The Paulist Press Christology Collection brings cutting-edge scholarship, ecumenical perspective, and critical thinking to bear on this resonant topic.
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What impact does the debate over the historical Jesus have on our faith as Christians? If the “real” Jesus doesn’t fit into what we know about the Middle East in the first century BC, then is he merely a mythic figure? The New Testament message is that Jesus of Nazareth was an actual, living person.
A Believer’s Search for the Jesus of History is enormously helpful to any layperson interested in the New Testament. Father Cunningham draws us into the intricate and recondite field of biblical criticism with a sure hand, with a fair discussion of its difficulties and conjectures, and with deep reserves of good sense.
—Dr. Michel Kelly
Phillip J. Cunningham, CSP, is the author of Exploring Scripture: How the Bible Came to Be and Mark: The Good News Preached to the Romans. He resides at the Old Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco and is involved in editing and lecturing.
From the first days of the church, Christians confessed their faith in Jesus Christ in both theological discussion and in popular hymns of devotion. After the major church councils from Nicaea to Chalcedon brought clarification and definition to Christological doctrines, the hymns began to express clearly this belief in Jesus as truly God and truly human.
Were the new Christological doctrines deductively developed and imposed by the councils? Or did they arise from the beginning out of the faith of the Christian community as known by its prayers and worship? Father Daniel Liderbach shows that pre-Nicaen hymns inductively held in tension both the full humanity of Jesus and his more-than-human status. Then during the councils from Nicaea to Chalcedon, deductive doctrine held sway in the new hymn compositions. But the final definition by Chalcedon encouraged new hymns in which humanity and divinity are once again held in experiential tension according to the “rule of faith” of the earliest period.
A fine theological exploration in the authentic tradition.
—James Hennesey, SJ, professor of church history, Christ the King Seminary
This book will be of great interest to those who desire to deepen their reflection upon the methods by which Catholic doctrine has been formulated.
—Rev. Robert A. Skeris, chairman, theology department, Christendom College
Daniel Liderbach, SJ, is a member of the College Theology Society and teaches at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Francis J. Moloney provides a narrative reading of the resurrection stories in Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. His focus is almost entirely upon the text itself. Guided by current scholarship, he uncovers the perennial significance of the four resurrection narratives that are accepted and read as sacred Scripture in the Christian tradition. Without disregarding the historical background that must be understood for an appreciation of the story, a narrative commentary attempts to trace the intended impact of that story upon its readers. This reading and interpretative process uncovers the literary structure of a passage, and then follows the unfolding of the narrative itself, allowing it to speak for itself. The thrust of the book is to uncover the unique theological and pastoral message communicated by means of the narratives.
Francis J. Moloney earned his STL from the Salesian Pontifical University in 1970 and his LSS from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1972. He earned a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1976. He was professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne’s College of Divinity in Australia from 1976 to 1994. Moloney was the first theologian to be recognized as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities—an honor conferred in 1992—and was awarded the Order of Australia in 1994.
Moloney became professor of New Testament at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, in 1999, and was elected president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America in 2001. By 2003, he was dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the International Theological Commission to the Holy See and served on it for 18 years. Moloney has written 36 books and numerous articles, including a popular commentary on the Catholic Epistles, From James to Jude and A Body Broken for a Broken People. Eucharist in the New Testament.
In this groundbreaking essay, Michael L. Cook addresses two major Christological concerns. First, Cook discusses how Christology must be Trinitarian insofar as it addresses and advocates a more active role of the Holy Spirit as a person. This includes both the economic activity of the triune life in creation and the dynamic, perichoretic, interactive life of God as God. Second, he examines how Christology must be ecumenical insofar as it addresses the concerns of both East and West with regard to the filioque. While it is important ecumenically to return to the original Creed of 381, the theological issues that have developed over the centuries cannot be ignored. The question finally is whether East and West can come to a convergence of views.
Thus Cook sets the Eastern views of Vladimir Lossky and John Zizioulas in dialogue with three Western approaches—Jürgen Moltmann, David Coffey, and Thomas Weinandy—that seek creatively to develop insights potentially compatible with the Eastern viewpoint. The aim is to promote ecumenical dialogue that can transcend the differences occasioned by the filioque, and to seek a higher ecumenical unity based in a renewed emphasis on the Holy Spirit’s activity.
Michael L. Cook, SJ, is the Flannery Professor of Theology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He has also taught at such pontifical faculties as the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California, La Católica in Santiago de Chile, and Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the author of several books, including Responses to 101 Questions about Jesus.