Galilean Journey : The Mexican-American Promise

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: Orbis Books

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In this work, which marked the arrival of a new era of Hispanic/Latino theology in the United States, Virgilio Elizondo described the "Galilee principle": "What human beings reject, God chooses as his very own." This principle is well understood by Mexican-Americans, for whom mestizaje - the mingling of ethnicity, race, and culture - is a distinctive feature of their identity. In the person of Jesus, whose marginalized Galilean identity also marked him as a mestizo, the Mexican-American struggle for identity and new life becomes luminous.
Galilean Journey includes a new autobiographical introduction, as well as a concluding chapter describing the subsequent development of Hispanic/Latino theology in the United States.

Author Biography

Virgilio P. Elizondo is director of Archdiocesan Television Ministry for San Antonio.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Preface to the 2000 Edition: How Did It Come to Be?p. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Mexican-American Experiencep. 5
Mestizajep. 7
1492: Year of Historic Beginningsp. 7
First Mestizaje: The Spanish-Catholic Conquest of Mexicop. 9
Mother of the New Racep. 11
Second Mestizaje: The Nordic-Protestant Conquest of Mexicop. 13
The Dynamics of Mestizajep. 16
From Cultural Birth to Maturityp. 19
The Mexican-American Peoplep. 19
Identityp. 20
Power Struggles: The Logic of Oppression and Liberationp. 23
Maturityp. 27
Living Faith: Resistance and Survivalp. 32
Symbols of Ultimate Identity and Belongingp. 32
Symbols of Struggle, Suffering, and Deathp. 41
Symbols of New Creationp. 43
The Gospel Matrixp. 47
The Galilee Experiencep. 49
Galilee: Symbol of Multiple Rejectionp. 50
The Kingdom of the Father: Symbol of Universal Acceptance, Welcome, and Lovep. 53
The Galilean Crisis: Symbol of the Rupture That Inaugurates Liberationp. 65
Fulfillment in Jerusalemp. 67
Jerusalem: Symbol of Established Powerp. 68
The Ultimate Struggle: Spirit versus Establishmentp. 70
The Sundered Temple Veil: Symbol of the End of all Particularismsp. 78
Beyond All Bordersp. 79
The New Existencep. 79
The Spirit of the New Creationp. 82
The New Universalismp. 84
From Margination to New Creationp. 89
The Galilee Principlep. 91
The Way of Jesusp. 91
The Church's Witness of Povertyp. 92
From Rejection to Electionp. 94
Galilean Identity Todayp. 100
The Jerusalem Principlep. 103
Our Way to Jerusalemp. 104
The Church: Beginning of the New Mestizo Creationp. 105
Mestizaje as Prophetic Missionp. 107
The Resurrection Principlep. 115
The Paradox of Death Unto Lifep. 115
The Dry Bones Come to Life (Ezekiel 37)p. 117
Joy that Transcends Divisionsp. 119
Epilogue: Twenty Years Later: The Global Contribution of Particularityp. 126
Notesp. 134
Bibliographyp. 137
Scripture Indexp. 145
General Indexp. 147
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