Who Is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology covers the three quests for the historical Jesus, the methods for retrieving the historical Jesus, the Jewish background, the Jesus movement, his preaching and ministry, death, and resurrection, the various New Testament Christologies, and the development of christological doctrine from the New Testament period to the Council of Chalcedon.
Rev. Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., Ph.D. in religion from Duke University (1976), is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A specialist in the areas of Christology, ecclesiology, and ecumenism, he has published 16 books and over 200 articles and reviews. From 1981 to 1985 Father Rausch served as Director of Campus Ministry at LMU. In 1983-1984 he was appointed by the Secretariat for Christian Unity as Catholic Tutor to the Ecumenical Institute, the World Council of Churches study center at Bossey, Switzerland. He was rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola Marymount from 1988 to 1994 and chair of the department of Theological Studies from 1994 to 2002. Father Rausch was a member of the U.S. Catholic/Southern Baptist Conversation 1994-2001 and one of the signatories of the Richard John Neuhaus/Charles Colson Evangelicals and Catholics Together 1997 document, "The Gift of Salvation." In 2001 he was appointed to the Roman Catholic/World Evangelical Alliance Consultation and serves as co-chair of the Los Angeles Catholic-Evangelical Committee. He is presently is a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation, USA. He also co-chairs the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and is a member of the Editorial Commission for The Tidings.
The question in the title of Rauschs new book succinctly summarizes its contents. However, unlike many introductions to the discipline of Christology, this work does not present a historical survey of the field of scholarship but instead attempts to put into practice a particular methodological model, the Third Quest for the Historical Jesus. In this regard, Rausch (Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount Univ.; Catholicism at the Dawn of the Third Millennium) succeeds admirably. From the table of contents, one can identify each of the steps, which are well articulated and logically connected in the method adopted. After describing the differing presuppositions of the three different quests for the historical Jesus and his own research in the first two chapters, the author traces the development of Christology from Jesus Palestinian Jewish background through the Council of Chalcedon (451 C.E.) and the Protestant Reformation. The final chapter provides a contemporary understanding of the question, "Who is Jesus?" Written in an informed but nontechnical manner, this book provides a highly readable explanation of the major issues in Christological theology. Recommended for public libraries. Highly recommended for academic libraries.
- Fr. Charlie Murray, C.S.S., Fordham Univ, Library Journal