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Publication Date: 18 Feb 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 144
Author: Frances Young
ISBN-13: 9780281075508, 9780281075515

Construing the Cross

Type, Sign, Symbol, Word, Action
By Frances Young
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Summary
Construing the Cross reconsiders ways in which the cross of Christ was understood before “atonement theories” narrowed the categories. The “typology” of Passover is explored as probably the very first way in which Christians came to understand the passion. The use of sacrificial imagery is re-examined. The significance of identifying the cross with the Tree of Life is traced across the centuries into medieval times, along with other surprising links with the Eden narrative. The validity of seeking imaginative insights to grasp what the cross signifies is given theological consideration in a chapter that moves into literary and liturgical reflections and is punctuated with cruciform poems. The overall outcome is a quite paradoxical focus, not on death, but on life.

Provisional contents

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1: Passover and Passion
Chapter 2: Scapegoat and Sacrifice
Chapter 3: Tree of Life
Chapter 4: Signs, Symbols, and Serpents
Chapter 5: Language, Liturgy, and Life
A Final Word
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
Frances Young, OBE, FBA, is Emeritus Professor of Theology and formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham.
Press Reviews

A stirring and creative way of drawing on patristic tradition to imagine the beauty, wonder, and mystery of the cross as a gateway to divine life.

- Expository Times 128(7)

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