Ecumenical book on Christ published by Notre Dame Press

By Michael O. Garvey


An ecumenical collection of essays on Jesus edited by two University of Notre Dame theologians has been published by the University of Notre Dame Press.p. The book, “Who Do You Say That I Am? Confessing the Mystery of Christ,” includes contributions from prominent scholars of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It was edited by John C. Cavadini, associate professor and chair of theology and director of the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame, and Laura Holt, concurrent associate specialist in theology and associate director of Notre Dames undergraduate studies program in London. The essays are based on lectures delivered in May 2000 at an international conference at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies in the Holy Land. Focusing on the identity and ministry of Jesus, they provide scholarly commentary by adherents of the worlds major religions on such fundamental questions of Christology as the Christological creeds and confessions of the early church, the confessions of the church councils, the many titles given to Jesus in the New Testament, the relationship between the biblical and the creedal confessions of the councils, a theology of the poor, Christology and inter-religious dialogue, and a comparative theology of mutual illumination among Christianity, Judaism and Islam.p. In addition to Cavadini, Notre Dame theologians contributing articles to the book are Rabbi Michael A. Signer, Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture; Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. OBrien Professor of Theology; and Rev. David B. Burrell, C.S.C., Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Theology and Philosophy.p. Established jointly by Notre Dame and Pope Paul VI in 1971, the Ecumenical Institute is located just outside Jerusalem on the road to Bethlehem. Initially a center for theological inquiry and discussion among the divided communities of Christendom, the institute has expanded its programs to include ecumenical scholarship and interreligious dialogue between Christians and those of other world faiths, especially Jews and Muslims. A residential center for scholars visiting the Holy Land to explore the ecumenical and interreligious dimensions of scriptural, theological and pastoral studies, the institute also offers three-month sessions in continuing education for parish clergy, religious teachers and other church workers, as well as semesters of international study for Notre Dame undergraduates. More than 3,500 Orthodox, Protestants, Anglicans and Roman Catholic scholars have participated in its programs.p(MsoNormal){MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt}. *{mso-bidi-font-weight: normal} {mso-bidi-font-style: normal} *

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Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on June 09, 2004.