Noted theologian Samuel Escobar offers a magisterial survey and study of Christology in Latin America. Starting with the first Spanish influence and moving through popular religiosity and liberationist themes in Catholic and Protestant thought of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, In Search of Christ in Latin America culminates in an important description of the work of the Latin American Theological Fraternity (FTL). Escobar chronologically traces the journey of Latin American Christology and describes the milestones along the way toward a rich understanding of the spiritual reality and powerful message of Jesus.

IVP Academic is pleased to release this important work, originally published in Spanish as En busca de Cristo en América Latina, for the first time in English.

  • Offers theological, historical, and cultural analysis of Latin American understandings of Christ
  • Discusses the sixteenth-century Spanish Christ, popular religiosity, and developed theological reflection
  • Covers the full spectrum of theological traditions in Latin America
  • Examines the figure of Jesus Christ in the context of Latin American culture of the twentieth century
  • Places liberation theology within its social and revolutionary context


1. From the Poor Christ to Christ of the Poor
2. The Iberian Christ Who Crossed the Oceans
3. That Other Christ of the Indians
4. Christ in Early Protestant Preaching
5. The Beginnings of an Evangelical Latin American Christology
6. Christ in Ecumenical Protestant Thought
7. Christology in Times of Revolution
8. A Christological Renewal in Catholicism
9. Jesus Christ and the Revolutionaries
10. The Kingdom of God
11. Latin America Enters the Theological Scene
12. Christ in Latin American Culture Once Again
13. The Time for Systematization
14. Jesus and the Lifestyle and Mission of the Kingdom
15. With Jesus in Global Mission
16. Current Themes in Theological Work
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


Samuel Escobar, a native of Peru and a leading Latin American theologian, was one of the key participants in the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization at Lausanne, Switzerland. He is professor emeritus of missiology at Palmer Theological Seminary and a past president of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. His books include The New Global Mission and La Palabra: Vida de la Iglesia.

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