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Master of Arts in Systematic Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
William J. Cahoy
Francisco R. Schulte, OSB
Leonardo Boff in Jesus Christ Liberator invites us to approach Christ in terms of the Latin American Liberation context. His "political" portrayal of Jesus Christ is carried out via a complex hermeneutic reevaluation of what and how Jesus Christ "signifies." He situates Christ in special reference to the forms of repression alive in certain Latin American contexts. In his initiatory interpretive move, Boff revisits and critically appropriates Rudolf Bultmann's concept of "demythologization." This aspect of Boff's Christology seen as a strategy of theological "appropriation," is described and discussed in this essay. I attempt to explicate Boff's proposal to "remythologize" Jesus Christ with the christological predicate "liberator."
Brenneman, Mark E., "Leonardo Boff's "Jesus Christ Liberator": The Hermeneutic Dimension of Liberation Christology" (1996). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 828.
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