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Jesus Forsaken: at the heart of the Christological event - exegesis and theology (part I and II)

TEO 111 + TEO 112 Jesus Forsaken: at the heart of the Christological event – exegesis and theology (part I and II)

Class hours: 21 + 21

Credits (ECTS): 3 + 3

LM-OTSpecializations in Philosophy and in Theology

Year: 1st–2nd
biennially 2023-2024

Terms: 3rd–4th

LM-CUSpecialization in Pedagogy of Dialogue

LM-CUSpecialization in Communication Peace and Dialogue

Course held in Italian

Both the material and formal object of the course is the event of abandonment experienced by Jesus on the cross as a “glance towards the centre of Revelation” in the light of Chiara Lubich’s charism of unity. In this perspective, the course offers a biblical reading of the Christological event of abandonment in the New Testament, starting from the texts that foreshadow it as preannouncement and key of interpretation in the First Testament. A theological reading then follows, both historically and systematically, with particular attention to the mystical experience that refers to the event, in order to illustrate the implications that it has for life, the understanding of faith and the exercise of thought in harmony with the charism of unity.

Part I: Biblical Perspective (G. Rossé)

  • The Psalms of Lamentation in the Old Testament, in particular Ps 22 and Is 53.
  • The meaning of death by crucifixion in Jesus’ time.
  • The account of the Passion according to the Gospel of Mark.
  • The centrality of the proclamation of Jesus crucified in Saint Paul and its application to Christian existence.

Part II: Theological Perspective (P. Coda – T. Bertolasi)

  • Methodological premise.
  • The theology of Jesus’ abandonment in the Patristic period and in the Middle Ages: from Augustine of Hippo to Thomas Aquinas.
  • The theology and mysticism of the Crucified Lord in modernity: from Francis of Assisi to John of the Cross.
  • The rediscovery of the centrality of the Easter event in 20th century theology.
  • Jesus Forsaken “key” of unity in Chiara Lubich.

Bibliographical references:

Required reading:

For further reading:

  • ROSSÉ G., Maledetto l’appeso al legno, Città Nuova, Roma 2006.
  • ID., Il grido di Gesù in croce. Approccio biblico, in «Sophia», 1 (2008/0), pp. 47-60.
  • CODA P., Gesù Abbandonato e l’unità. Per una lettura teologica del carisma dell’unità, in A. Leonardi (ed.), Comunione e innovazione sociale. Il contributo di Chiara Lubich, Città Nuova – Università degli Studi di Trento, Roma 2012, pp. 213-223.
  • ID., Un carisma nella storia come sguardo dal centro, in AA.VV., Carisma storia cultura. Una lettura interdisciplinare del pensiero di Chiara Lubich, Città Nuova, Roma 2014, pp. 21-35.
  • ID., La dinamica della salvezza in Chiara Lubich, in ATI, Dio e la sua salvezza. Il dramma della storia e il compimento della libertà, a cura di L. Casula, (Forum ATI, 18) Glossa, Milano 2019, pp. 185-200.
  • LUBICH C., La dottrina spirituale, Città Nuova, Roma 2009.
  • EAD., L’unità e Gesù Abbandonato, Città Nuova, Roma 2005.
  • EAD., Il grido, Città Nuova, Roma 2002.
  • EAD., Gesù abbandonato, a cura di H. Blaumeiser, Città Nuova, Roma 2016.
  • GILLET F., La scelta di Gesù Abbandonato nella prospettiva teologica di Chiara Lubich, Città Nuova, Roma 2009.
  • PELLI A., L’abbandono di Gesù e il mistero del Dio Uno e Trino. Un’interpretazione teologica nel nuovo orizzonte di comprensione aperto da Chiara Lubich, Città Nuova, Roma 1995.
  • TOBLER S., Tutto il vangelo in quel grido. Gesù Abbandonato nei testi di Chiara Lubich, tr. it., Città Nuova, Roma 2009.

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