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ISBN: 9781783689170
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 11
Publication Date: 14/01/2015
Pages: 204
Series: Majority World Theology Series
Language: English

Jesus without Borders

Christology in the Majority World


Though the makeup of the church worldwide has undeniably shifted south and east over the past few decades, very few theological resources have taken account of these changes. Jesus without Borders – the first volume in the emerging Majority World Theology series — begins to remedy that lack, bringing together select theologians and biblical scholars from various parts of the world to discuss the significance of Jesus in their respective contexts.

Offering an excellent glimpse of contemporary global, evangelical dialogue on the person and work of Jesus, this volume epitomizes the best Christian thinking from the Majority World in relation to Western Christian tradition and Scripture. The contributors engage throughout with historic Christian confessions – especially the Creed of Chalcedon – and unpack their continuing relevance for Christian teaching about Jesus today.

Author Bios

Gene L. Green
(Edited By)

Gene L. GreeN (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois. Previously he taught New Testament and served as Academic Dean and Rector of the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica. He is the author of four biblical commentaries written in Spanish and English and Vox Petri: A Theology of Peter (Cascade, 2019), coauthor of The New Testament in Antiquity (Zondervan, 2009), and coeditor of Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective (InterVarsity Academic, 2012). His current research focuses on the intersection of the Christian faith and cultures, both ancient and contemporary.

Stephen T. Pardue
(Edited By)

Steve Pardue (PhD, Wheaton College) is Associate Professor of Theology at the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Manila, Philippines. He is the author of The Mind of Christ: Humility and the Intellect in Early Christian Theology (London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2012) and co-editor of Asian Christian Theology (Carlisle, UK: Langham Global Library). He grew up in the Philippines and moved back there after finishing his doctoral work. His areas of research include virtue theory, contextual theology, and the doctrine of providence.

K. K. Yeo
(Edited By)

K. K. YEO is Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.


Different societies vary in exactly how they understand Christ’s gospel message in terms of their own culture. The rewarding essays in Jesus without Borders offer an impressively wide-ranging survey of those diverse responses and understandings of Christology. Provocative and interesting.

Philip Jenkins
Baylor University

This book provides all of us with a kind of stereophonic listening to one another across the cultures that shape us but should not de ne us as Christians. The whole Majority World Theology series promises to be a refreshingly reciprocal contribution to global theology.

Christopher J. H. Wright
Langham Partnership

A well-written and much-needed book. Through these essays the reader travels around the world and gets a flavor of the rich theological ferment under way in world Christianity.

Emmanuel Katongole
University of Notre Dame

Provides an important invitation. . . . Each chapter’s response to Jesus’ question ‘Who do you say I am?’ offers a slightly different perspective on how Christians around the world answer that question. Jesus without Borders helps us take seriously the global nature of Christian faith and practice.

Juan Francisco Martínez
Fuller Theological Seminary

Christianity is rapidly expanding in the Majority World, which is playing more and more a part in the faith’s ongoing theological development. . . . We are privileged to have this collection of essays as a guide to what we may expect to see in the years to come.

Gerald Bray
Beeson Divinity School

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: An Invitation to Discuss Christology with the Global Church (Stephen T. Pardue)

  1. 1. Christology in the West: Conversations in Europe and North America (Kevin J. Vanhoozer)
  2. 2. Jesus as God’s Communicative and Hermeneutical Act:African Christians on the Person and Significance of Jesus Christ (Victor I. Ezigbo)
  3. 3. Christologies in Asia: Trends and Reflections (Timoteo D. Gener)
  4. 4. ¿Quién Vive? ¡Cristo! Christology in Latin American Perspectives (Jules A. Martínez-Olivieri)
  1. 5. Reading the Gospel of John through Palestinian Eyes (Yohanna Katanacho)
  2. 6. From Artemis to Mary: Misplaced Veneration versus True Worship of Jesus in the Latino/a Context (Aída Besançon Spencer)
  3. 7. Christology and Cultus in 1 Peter: An African (Kenyan) Appraisal (Andrew M. Mbuvi)
  4. 8. Biblical Christologies of the Global Church: Beyond Chalcedon? Toward a Fully Christian and Fully Cultural Theology (K. K. Yeo)
  1. Contributors
  2. Index of Authors
  3. Index of Subjects
  4. Index of Scripture References


Victor I. Ezigbo

VICTOR I. EZIGBO (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His areas of research are African Christian theologies and Christologies, African indigenous religions, and postcolonial theological discourses. He has written a book and several articles in the areas of African theologies, Christologies, and spirituality. He is also the founder of the Centre for Research in Global Christianity (CRGC).

Timoteo D. Gener

TIMOTEO D. GENER (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is President of the Asian Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines ( A practitioner of local theology and a distinguished member of the World Evangelical Alliance Task Force on Ecumenical Affairs, he has coedited The Earth is the Lord’s: Reflections on Stewardship in the Asian Setting (2011), published jointly by OMF Lit and Asian Theological Seminary.

Yohanna Katanacho

REV YOHANNA KATANACHO is a professor of Biblical Studies and Academic Dean at Nazareth Evangelical College. He is a Palestinian Israeli evangelical who studied at Bethlehem University (BSc), Wheaton College (MA), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv; PhD). He has authored many books in English and Arabic including The Land of Christ: A Palestinian Cry and contributed to the Palestinian Kairos Document. Rev Katanacho is an Old Testament editor for the Arabic Contemporary Commentary and Asia Bible Commentary Series.

Jules A. Martínez-Olivieri

JULES A. MARTÍNEZ-OLIVIERI (Ph.D. candidate, Trinity Evangelical Di- vinity School) is Assistant Professor of Theology at Seminario Teológico de Puerto Rico. His blog is available at He is completing his doctoral dissertation in Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. A Puerto Rican, he serves as an academic and minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Andrew M. Mbuvi

ANDREW M. MBUVI (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics, Shaw University Divinity School, North Carolina. He has published a book on 1 Peter entitled Temple Exile and Identity in 1 Peter (T&T Clark, 2007) and is currently working on a commentary on 2 Peter-Jude in the New Covenant Commentary Series for Cascade Books.

Aída Besançon Spencer

Aída Besançon Spencer (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has served as a community organizer, Protestant campus minister, adjunct professor at New York Theological Seminary, academic dean for the Alpha-Omega Community Theological School and pastor of organization of Pilgrim Church.
She has spoken at churches, conferences and classes on different biblical, theological and experiential aspects of marriage.
Spencer is an ordained Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and is the author of Beyond the Curse: Women Called to Ministry, Paul's Literary Style: A Stylistic and Historical Comparison of II Corinthians 11:16-12:13, Romans 8: 9-39, and Philippians 3:2-4:13, 2 Corinthians, Daily Bible Commentary and coeditor of The Latino Heritage Bible.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Blanchard Professor of Theology at the Wheaton College and Graduate School. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including The Drama of Doctrine and the forthcoming Remythologizing Theology.

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