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Fracture: The Cross as Irreconcilable in the Language and Thought of the Biblical Writers [Paperback]

By Roy A. Harrisville (Author)
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Pages   310
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.68" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  080283308X  
EAN  9780802833082  


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Since the advent of formal biblical criticism, many have come to see the crucifixion as merely one event in the process of religious development. Yet for the New Testament writers it was so much more, representing a radical break that forever affected their perception of God and the world. In this book Roy Harrisville examines the thought worlds of the New Testament writers, showing how the cross fractured their previously held ideas, causing a profound reorientation centered on the story of the cross. Focusing chronologically on Paul, the Synoptic writers, John, and the authors of Hebrews and 1 Peter, Harrisville demonstrates changes in the writers' understanding of sacrifice, law, Hellenism, apocalyptic, and other areas - changes that created the new values of the radically different Christian community. An insightful work of careful critical scholarship, Harrisville's Fracture will appeal to anyone interested in reviewing the New Testament's witness to that which lies at the heart of earliest Christian confession and which has provoked such bitter conflict in history.

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Since the advent of formal biblical criticism, many have come to see the crucifixion as merely one event in the process of religious development. Yet for the New Testament writers it was so much more, representing a radical break that forever affected their perception of God and the world. In this book Roy Harrisville examines the thought worlds of the New Testament writers, showing how the cross fractured their previously held ideas, causing a profound reorientation centered on the story of the cross. Focusing chronologically on Paul, the Synoptic writers, John, and the authors of Hebrews and 1 Peter, Harrisville demonstrates changes in the writers' understanding of sacrifice, law, Hellenism, apocalyptic, and other areas - changes that created the new values of the radically different Christian community. An insightful work of careful critical scholarship, Harrisville's Fracture will appeal to anyone interested in reviewing the New Testament's witness to that which lies at the heart of earliest Christian confession and which has provoked such bitter conflict in history.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Roy A. Harrisville is professor emeritus of New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the author of"Fracture: The Cross as Irreconcilable in the Language and Thought of the Biblical Writers" and coauthor of "The Bible in Modern Culture: Baruch Spinoza to Brevard Childs"

Roy A. Harrisville currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota.

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The Hermeneutical Cross  Aug 4, 2006
Harrisville says best what the book is about. "[It] is the event of Jesus' death that creates the history of salvation and refers the Christian community to the Old Testament for an interpretation of its faith. Prophecy is thus rendered from Christ and not toward him. Methodologically speaking, this move was not of Christian origin. The community of Qumran, for example, could take a contemporary event for its point of departure and, like the Christian community, discover the Old Testament anew. What was new in the Christian community was its exclusive reference to the sufferings and death of Jesus of Nazareth as the point of hermeneutical departure. Thus . . . by virtue of its relationship to the cross, a truth was attached to the biblical word that it did not initially possess. This attachment renders the relationship between cross and Scripture more than dialectical; the relationship is diastatic. The fulfillment does not automatically follow from the promise; for the promise cannot be what it is, cannot emerge as promise, without first being shattered, or fractured." Some more conservative readers will disagree that the Old Testament text -- perhaps especially those they considered messianic -- did not possess, inherently, all the truth they can contain. Still this book can stimulate thinking about what the cross, the death of Jesus, did to the thought world of the first followers of Jesus, including those whose writings are found in the New Testament.
 

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