2015-52-Main Body-Charles Homer Giblin
The Destruction of Jerusalem according to Lukes Gospel: A Historical-Typological Moral
(On the “Historical-Typological” Method)
All this proves to be relevant, parabolically, to Luke’s readership, a man of affluence and influence, educated, who is expected to perceive in “a history” what should be done and what should be avoided, to discern models of good and of evil, with their consequences for society as he knows it. In effect, Luke’s lesson apropos of his account of Jerusalem’s destruction is to be construed as a question prompted in the typed reader’s mind: If this is what happened to Jerusalem because of the way Jesus and those who represent him, his disciples, were treated, what will happen to my city/nation/society if he (and his followers, who stand for him) are treated similarly? What am I, as a respected man with some influence, expected to do?” (viii)
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
Michael J. Iafrate
The Fordham Tradition
Rev. Charles H. Giblin, professor
In the last years of his life, the Jesuit priest taught by example how not to give up as he battled pulmonary fibrosis and diabetes. Though tethered to oxygen machines, he continued to teach classes, went fishing and even went swimming a couple of times.
Father Giblin traveled home on Amtrak over semester break in December, came down with pneumonia and flu, and died Saturday at the Elmhurst Care Center. He was 73.
Charles Homer Giblin was born in Chicago and lived on the North Side until he was 10, when his family moved to Elmhurst, which was surrounded by prairie then. He knew by the end of eighth grade that he wanted to be a Jesuit priest, and that meant four years of Latin in high school. Every day, he traveled to Chicago and up to the North Side to attend Loyola Academy, which had the courses he needed if he wanted to enter training as a Jesuit.
In 1945, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Milford, Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s in Latin and a master’s in Greek from Loyola University Chicago, and teaching degrees in philosophy and theology from the old West Baden College in Indiana. After being ordained as a priest, he earned a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.
Latin was just one of the languages in which Father Giblin became proficient. He also spoke French, Italian, German and English, and could read Hebrew, Greek and Spanish.
He taught theology at Jesuit schools in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio before joining the faculty at Fordham in New York City. He published many scholarly articles and was particularly interested in St. Paul and St. John.
“His passion was the New Testament,” said the Rev. John W. O’Malley, a friend for 50 years. “He tried to impress upon his students that study of the New Testament was imperfect unless it included taking to heart its message.”
“Most people would have just retired and waited for death” in Father Giblin’s physical condition, said the Rev. Gerald McCool, a retired Fordham professor. “He knew he had two years to live, and he didn’t let that disturb him. He was determined to maintain both his research and teaching, despite the physical difficulties.”
Every year, Father Giblin traveled home to Elmhurst and went to a northern Wisconsin lake to go fishing with his sister, Mary Gertrude Giblin. She recalled that on the last trip the car was jammed with his oxygen tanks and her three cats, loudly screaming as trucks roared past them on the tollway.
His sister, who is his only survivor, said he told her, “I’m going to continue to do what I always do as well as I can.”
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Madonna della Strada Chapel on the Loyola University campus, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd., followed at 7:30 p.m. by a memorial mass there. Burial will be Friday at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.
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