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Sacrifice and Redemption
Durham Essays in Theology


S. W. Sykes, D. R. Jones, R. Hayward, J. D. G. Dunn, A. N. Chester, George Dion Dragas, Gerald Bonner, A. Gelston, P. J. Fitzpatrick, J. F. McHugh, S. Hardman Moore, George Pattison, S. W. Gilley, Alan M. Suggate, A. L. Loades, Edward Hulmes, I. U. Dalferth
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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044608

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  • These essays explore the role sacrificial metaphor has to play in theological interpretation of the death of Christ, and ask whether such a metaphor makes sense today. They make clear that the political and psychological connotations of sacrifical language have in modern times given rise to great unease, and examine, in particular, the Catholic tradition of the eucharistic sacrifice, a tradition which was vigorously challenged at the Reformation. Looking at the various controversies from a variety of perspectives, the contributions to the book have a pronounced ecumenical slant, and illuminate sacrifice at the major, formative moments in history, from Old Testament times to contemporary theology. As a whole the collection suggests that claims to an ecumenical consensus are premature; that sacrificial language in the Christian tradition is more complex than is often supposed; but that, finally, the role of sacrifice in Christian thought is still vital in coming to terms with Christianity in the modern world.

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    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044608
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.531kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Prefatory note
    Introduction S. W. Sykes
    Part I:
    1. Sacrifice and holiness D. R. Jones
    2. Sacrifice and world order: some observations on ben Sira's attitude to the temple service R. Hayward
    3. Paul's understanding of the death of Jesus as sacrifice J. D. G. Dunn
    4. Hebrews: the final sacrifice A. N. Chester
    5. St Athanasius on Christ's sacrifice George Dion Dragas
    6. The doctrine of sacrifice: Augustine and the Latin patristic tradition Gerald Bonner
    7. Sacrifice in the early East Syrian eucharistic tradition A. Gelston
    Part II:
    8. On eucharistic sacrifice in the middle ages P. J. Fitzpatrick
    9. The sacrifice of the mass at the Council of Trent J. F. McHugh
    10. Sacrifice in Puritan typology S. Hardman Moore
    Part III:
    11. The conscious and the unconscious sacrifice: Kierkegaard on art, suffering and religion George Pattison
    12. Pearse's sacrifice: Christ and Cuchulain crucified and risen in the Easter Rising, 1916 S. W. Gilley
    13. The concept of sacrifice in Anglican social ethics Alan M. Suggate
    14. Eucharistic sacrifice: the problem of how to use a liturgical metaphor, with special reference to Simone Weil A. L. Loades
    Part IV:
    15. The semantics of sacrifice Edward Hulmes
    16. Outline of a theology of sacrifice S. W. Sykes
    17. Christ died for us: reflections on the sacrificial language of salvation I. U. Dalferth
    Index of biblical and ancient references
    Index of persons.

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    S. W. Sykes


    S. W. Sykes, D. R. Jones, R. Hayward, J. D. G. Dunn, A. N. Chester, George Dion Dragas, Gerald Bonner, A. Gelston, P. J. Fitzpatrick, J. F. McHugh, S. Hardman Moore, George Pattison, S. W. Gilley, Alan M. Suggate, A. L. Loades, Edward Hulmes, I. U. Dalferth

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