Paradigmi di integrazione dell’alterità nel Nuovo Testamento: i Magi e i Corinzi

Translated title of the contribution: Paradigms of integration of otherness in the New Testament: the Magi and the Corinthians

Mauro Meruzzi

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The article is placed in the context of the research about the communicative impact of the text on the reader, and shows how two New Testament narratives – the story of the Wise Men in Matthew, and the topic of body as developed in 1 Corinthians – help the reader to undergo a paradigm shift of interpretation of reality. This new perspective illustrates a new approach for the proclamation of the Gospel. The method which has been followed is a three-step inductive one: objectification of pre-comprehension of the text and starting question; analysis of biblical texts; theological synthesis to answer the initial question. These texts can be taken as a model of integration of the other as they compel the reader beyond their own boundaries. The approaches for the proclamation of the Gospel can be arranged in four areas: the relation between individuation and universalization (the meaningful transmission of one’s own experience of Christ); the reversal of perspective (the centre of the Kingdom is the periphery, and the periphery is the centre); Christ as the Centre; periphery as the dynamic context revolving around a centre (our very being a periphery leads us to a dynamic other-oriented approach of encounter). The outcome of the research is that Christian mission is an ongoing integration paradigm in Christ, who is the Meta-Paradigm. Keywords: paradigm, integration, otherness, centre, periphery.
Translated title of the contributionParadigms of integration of otherness in the New Testament: the Magi and the Corinthians
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationGesù è/e l'altro
Subtitle of host publicationevangelizzare le periferie
EditorsTiziana Longhitano
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherUrbaniana University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-88-401-6100-6, 9788840161006
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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NameQuaderni ISCSM


  • paradigm
  • integration
  • otherness
  • centre
  • periphery
  • Magi
  • Matthew
  • Corinthians
  • mission


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