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The Trauma of the Cross: How the Followers of Jesus Came to Understand the Crucifixion [Paperback]

By Damian Barry Smyth (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.97" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2000
Publisher   Paulist Press
ISBN  0809139081  
EAN  9780809139088  

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How did the early Christians cope with the shame of the crucifixion? This intriguing book says that the only way possible was to transform the shame into the glory of the resurrection. The author, a lawyer with a degree in theology, traces how Jesus' followers handled the repeated traumas of the crucifixion, the destruction of the temple, the great fire of Rome, and the expulsion from the synagogue. Their response was to gloss over the horrors of reality and to rewrite the Old Testament into the New to make the crucifixion a fulfillment of prophecy. In addition, only when the actual punishment was banned by Constantine was depiction of the crucifixion conceivable as art. Engaging and well written, the book incorporates modern scholarship in an accessible way. An appendix looks at the parallels between Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound and the passion narrative. In all, this is a title meant for the thinking person, especially during Lent. It will also provoke lively discussion in Bible study or prayer groups.

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Recycling Hebrew Bible into Christian Scriptures  Apr 7, 2000
Where were you when they shot President Kennedy? I was studying in Rome, and I recall the hangdog looks of my American classmates. They were deeply ashamed. America tried to cope by setting up a commission, interrogating witnesses, running the video over, and over, and over... It must have been just like that for the first Jesus People. Crucifixion meant deep degradation. The first Jesus People, being Jews, coped by turning to their Scriptures. There they began slowly to see things they had never seen before, to find answers to the question: Why this? Texts from Isaiah, Jeremiah, the Psalms, started froth from their original context, and were pieced togther into patchwork quilts, old pieces in new patterns which would evolve over decades into the passion narratives of Mark, Matthew, Luke, John. In this process the initial earthquake of the crucifixion would be followed by historical aftershocks: the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple; the Great Fire of Rome; the expulsion of the Jesus People from the synagogues... Each aftershock would provide fresh impulse to the process of recycling Hebrew Scriptures into Christian Gospels. The Trauma of the Cross is an extended look at this process of coping with crucifixion and the resultant birth of the New Testament. As such it will appeal not only to Jews and Christians by highlighting their shared heritage, but it will also appeal to the strictly secular historian of ideas by tracing the genesis of an Idea of unprecedented staying power.

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