AIDAN O'BOYLE, TOWARDS A CONTEMPORARY WISDOM CHRISTOLOGY. Some Catholic Christologies in German, English and French 1965-1995
The Wisdom tradition of ancient Israel has exerted a major influence upon the interpretation of Jesus of Nazareth both in the New Testament and the Christian tradition. While, in recent years, many biblical scholars have come to recognize ever more fully the importance of the Wisdom theme in New Testament Christology, the relationship between the biblical theme of Wisdom Christology and contemporary Catholic Christology has not been appraised. This study examines to what extent the Wisdom elements present in the Scriptures have been incorporated into some contemporary Catholic Christology in three language areas (English, French, and German). From each area some representative theologians have been chosen: German (W. Kasper, K. Rahner, also included in this group, from the Low Countries, is E. Schillebeeckx); English (J. Dupuis, D. Edwards, E. Schüssler Fiorenza); French (L. Bouyer, C. Duquoc, J. Moingt). Furthermore, the language of Wisdom is retrieved as a root metaphor generating new perspectives on issues facing contemporary Christology: the call to justice, outlining the significance of Wisdom for feminist concerns in Christology, the dialogue with other religions, grounding ecological and environmental thinking, and presenting a face of God for the modern world.
The basic claim of the study is that an understanding of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of Wisdom offers a rich basis for expressing his significance for Christians today.
AIDAN O'BOYLE was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Killala, Ireland, in 1992. He studied at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and the Pontifical University of Maynooth respectively. In 2001 he received a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Since 1997 he has been Executive Secretary of the Irish Episcopal Conference.
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