The Cross in Christian Tradition: From Paul to Bonaventure

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Elizabeth Dreyer
Paulist Press, 2000 - Religion - 262 pages
For the past two thousand years, the cross has been a powerful symbol of the Christian faith and an anchor of its symbol system. In this volume, a group of distinguished scholars delves into the theologies and spiritualities of the cross at select moments in the tradition. They examine biblical texts and commentaries, lectionaries, liturgical poetry, sermons, and theological spiritual treatises in: Paul, the early liturgy, Origen, Augustine and Bonaventure. Each chapter provides a window into how particular contexts influenced the interpretation of the cross and how the cross functioned in each unique historical moment. Originally presented at Saint Mary's College, these papers offer a fresh and distinctive approach to the literature on the cross. The authors' historical perspective points to the tradition as a transforming agent for theology and spirituality today. Contributors: - Elizabeth A. Dreyer - Jerome Murphy-O'Connor - Nathan D. Mitchell - Peter J. Gorday - John Cavadini Here is a book that will interest liturgists and Christian educators, university and seminary students and members of religious orders. Although scholarly in tone, can be read with profit by adult educated Christians as well.
 

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Contents

Even death on a cross
21
Washed Away by the Blood of God
51
The Cross That Spoke
72
Becoming Truly Human
93
The Martyrs Cross Origen and Redemption
126
The Tree of Silly Fruit
147
Jesus Death Is Real
169
A Condescending God
192
Mysticism Tangible through Metaphor
211
Behold the One you seek has been lifted
236
Index
259
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