Sacrifice: Its Nature and Purpose
`Sacrifice was a language used by all, but understood by none.' Regarding this remark as a challenge, which suggests that while sacrifice is a language in the widest sense of communication, nobody has understood sacrifice, Professor Ashby has made his own study of this complex field.
It is his argument that much has been done in recent years to rehabilitate sacrifice, including a greater knowledge of world religions, the findings of anthropology and the impact of other cultures. So the time has come for a major reappraisal of earlier ideas.
After an opening chapter on interpretations of sacrifice generally, Professor Ashby considers sacrifice first in Hebrew religion and then in Christianity. He goes on to focus even more specifically on the Jewish Passover and the Christian eucharist, before concluding with the person in whom for Christians all ideas of sacrifice have their focus. the crucified and risen Christ.
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Three Sacrifice in the Hebrew Tradition
Four Christian Sacrifice
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accepted act of sacrifice action altar anamnesis ancient animal sacrifice aqedah biblical blood celebration chattah Christ Christ's death Christ's sacrifice Christian Eucharist church cleansing concerned connection context covenant cult cultures Day of Atonement divine Epistle Eucharist Exodus expiation expiatory sacrifice fact faith feast festival fulfilled God's gods Greek Hebrew sacrifice Hence high priest holy danger human sacrifice idea identified immolation involved Isaac Israel Jerusalem Jesus Jewish Jews John Judaism king language of sacrifice Last Supper liturgy meaning of sacrifice Messiah motives obedience Old Testament original pagan Passover lamb Passover meal Passover sacrifice priesthood proclaim prophets propitiation Quartodecimans Qumran reference relationship religion rite de passage ritual sacrament sacrifice offered sacrificed sacrificial system seen Semitic Septuagint servant sins slaughtered sort spiritual St Paul suffering synoptic Temple theologians theology theory thought Torah tradition translated Ugarit Unleavened Bread Vaux victim whole word Yahweh Yom Kippur zebach