A Study Guide on the Reign of God
CATEGORY: Biblical Studies
Antonio González has provided A Study Guide on the Reign of God. This new guide presents a challenging «social theology» that is especially suited for use in Bible study groups, small parish communities, and youth groups. Conversation starter discussion questions for each unit are included in an appendix.
González offers a fresh biblical theology for Christians who are struggling to understand how to live their faith in today’s swiftly changing, globalized world. It shows how the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, tells a story of God’s desire to liberate people from the political, economic, and social powers that subjugate them.The first ten units of the guide, «Messianic Longing», introduce the reader to the «radicality» of the Bible’s understanding of human nature, grace, and sin; it then summarizes the powerful message of the Jewish scriptures in terms of election, exodus, and the reign of God. The second ten units, «Messianic Reality», present the heart of Jesus’ message: the reign of the poor, the community of disciples, the conflict with the powerful, and the meaning of the cross. The final ten units, «Messianic Community», recount the outpouring of the Spirit of the risen Jesus in the early Christian communities, where social relations were dramatically transformed, setting an example for how Christians should live today.
Antonio González, a noted Spanish theologian, has taught at the Jesuit University in El Salvador and various centers of higher education in Europe. He shares with liberation theology the perspective of God’s option for the poor and the centrality of praxis in the Christian message and life. He is a member of a Mennonite community and is author of Structures in Praxis, Trinity and Liberation and Theology of the Evangelical Praxis.
Editor and Translator, Joseph V. Owens, is a Jesuit who has spent most of his active career working in the Caribbean and Central America. His various ministries have included grass-roots organizing, pastoral work, radio apostolate, and teaching. He is also the official translator of the complete homilies of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
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