Saved from Sacrifice: A Theology of the Cross

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The cross has long been not only a scandal but also a profound paradox: filled with saving significance and power, it is at the same time a sobering tragedy. In Saved from Sacrifice theologian Mark Heim takes on this paradox, asserting that the cross must be understood against the whole history of human scapegoating violence.

In order to highlight the dimensions of his argument, Heim carefully and critically draws on the groundbreaking work of French theorist and biblical ...

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Overview

The cross has long been not only a scandal but also a profound paradox: filled with saving significance and power, it is at the same time a sobering tragedy. In Saved from Sacrifice theologian Mark Heim takes on this paradox, asserting that the cross must be understood against the whole history of human scapegoating violence.

In order to highlight the dimensions of his argument, Heim carefully and critically draws on the groundbreaking work of French theorist and biblical scholar René Girard. Yet Heim goes beyond Girard to develop a comprehensive theology of the atonement and the cross through his fresh readings of well-known biblical passages and his exploration of the place of the victim.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802832153
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 978,123
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Mark Heim is Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Salvations: Truth and Difference in Religion.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : a stumble to start with 1
1 Atonement on trail 20
2 The cross no one sees : invisible scapegoats 37
3 The voice of Job : sacrifice revealed and contested 64
4 The paradox of the passion : saved by what shouldn't happen 107
5 Sacrifice to end sacrifice : Satan's house divided 134
6 The sign of Jonah and Susanna : innocent blood and false accusers 165
7 God's wisdom and two mistakes : the struggle of historical Christianity 192
8 Substitute for sacrifice : living with an empty cross 219
9 The bad news about Revelation : two kinds of apocalypses 260
10 Saved from sacrifice : renewing the theology of the cross 292
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