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Crucifixion in the ancient world and the folly of the message of the Cross

Author: Martin Hengel
Publisher: Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1977.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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In a comprehensive and detailed survey on its remarkably widespread employment in the Roman empire, Dr. Hengel examines the way in which "the most vile death of the cross" was regarded in the Greek-speaking world and particularly in Roman-occupied Palestine. His conclusions bring out more starkly than ever the offensiveness of the Christian message: Jesus not only died an unspeakably cruel death, he underwent the  Read more...
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Hengel, Martin.
Crucifixion in the ancient world and the folly of the message of the Cross.
Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1977
(OCoLC)654268286
Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jésus-Christ; Jesus Christ.; Jesus Christ
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Hengel
ISBN: 080061268X 9780800612689
OCLC Number: 3089124
Language Note: Translation of Mors turpissima crucis.
Notes: Translation of Mors turpissima crucis.
Includes indexes.
Description: xii, 99 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : Mors turpissima crucis --
The 'folly' of the crucified Son of God --
Prometheus and Dionysus : the "crucified' and the 'crucifying' God --
Docetism as a way of removing the 'folly' of the cross --
Crucifixion as a 'barbaric' form of execution of the utmost cruelty --
Crucifixion as the supreme Roman penalty --
Crucifixion and Roman citizens --
Crucifixion as a penalty for rebellious foreigners, violent criminals and robbers --
The 'slaves' punishment --
The crucified national martyr and metaphorical and philosophical terminology --
Crucifixion in the Greek-speaking world --
Crucifixion among the Jews --
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Other Titles: Mors turpissima crucis.
Responsibility: Martin Hengel.

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In a comprehensive and detailed survey on its remarkably widespread employment in the Roman empire, Dr. Hengel examines the way in which "the most vile death of the cross" was regarded in the Greek-speaking world and particularly in Roman-occupied Palestine. His conclusions bring out more starkly than ever the offensiveness of the Christian message: Jesus not only died an unspeakably cruel death, he underwent the most contemptible abasement that could be imagined. So repugnant was the gruesome reality, that a natural tendency prevails to blunt, remove, or domesticate its scandalous impact. Yet any discussion of a "theology of the cross" must be preceded by adequate comprehension of both the nature and extent of this scandal. - Publisher.

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