Santa Clara University

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Phone: 408.554.4595

Location: 3230 Alameda
Room number: 355
Courses taught:
New Testament Portraits of Christ in the canonical Christian literature

Salvatore A. Tassone, S.J.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies

Father Tassone is originally from Ishpeming, Michigan, and earned his B.A. in philosophy from Gonzaga University in 1956. At age 28, he arrived at Alma College to begin his theology course on the path to ordination, and was awakened to the jarring fact that the Gospel accounts were not like documentaries of Jesus' life, but were rather interpretive portrayals by the evangelists. Even more jarring were the interpretations of scholars like Rudolph Bultmann, who so "demythologized" the New Testament portraits of Jesus that the historical Jesus was reduced to a mere prophet.

Convinced that there was more continuity between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith than that proposed by such a radical criticism, Father Tassone earned an STL from Alma College in 1963 and an STM from Santa Clara University in 1964. He went on to study the New Testament and historical-critical methods pertaining to New Testament Christology, receiving an STD from the Gregorian University in Rome four years later. Father Tassone joined the Santa Clara University faculty in 1968 and teaches courses on the New Testament and on his main academic interest, New Testament Christology. He is an active member of the Historical Jesus task force of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.

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