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Engaging the Passion: Perspectives on the Death of Jesus

Author: 
Oliver Larry Yarbrough (Editor)
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Description

Engaging the Passion gathers an impressive array of scholars to survey how the death of Jesus has been portrayed and represented in Scripture, liturgy and music, literature, art and film, and theology and ethics—from the first to the twenty-first centuries. The contributors approach the passion from a variety of perspectives—diversely Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and secular. Their voices differ as well, from the challenging to the comforting and from the academic to the confessional. They address the faithful, the skeptical, and the curious.

ISBN: 
9781451472158
Price: 
$44.00
Release date: 
September 1, 2015
Pages: 
441
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

"The story of Jesus’ last days—what other story has reverberated so deeply, broadly, and mysteriously through every form of Western art and culture? Often the stimulus for deep devotion, heroic deeds, and simple kindness—yet sometimes the excuse for hatred and unspeakable cruelty. This book confronts us with vast complexity, and the brilliance and clarity of its essays about specific instances that challenge our thinking and fire our imagination."
—Wayne A. Meeks
Yale University

"Engaging the Passion invites diverse readers to place themselves in relation to the harrowing stories of Jesus’ death. Multidisciplinary essays and apt illustrations demonstrate how these stories are never uninterpreted and interpreted from the beginning in multiple ways. Six sections embrace first-century texts and holy hip-hop, Frodo and Chagall, sculpture and ethics, Stabat Mater and Titian’s Magdalene. Authors plumb the stories’ Christian significance: how divine love relates to human suffering and wrong. But contemporary religious pluralism helpfully broadens the volume’s scope. Creative sceptics are found sometimes more illuminating than churchly contemporaries. The horrific costliness of anti-Jewish attitudes built into the telling and reception of passion stories is emphasized throughout, and complex Muslim readings of the Christian texts and Jewish artistic responses illumine the stories as well. A volume to challenge, expand, complement, and enrich our understanding of these formative narratives."
—Kathryn L. Johnson
Director of Ecumenical and Inter-religious Relations, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

“This collection will inform and enrich the experience of worship during Holy Week and Easter. Illuminating the rich tradition of artistic depictions of the passion narratives, these authors display how creative human interpreters from within and outside of the church, have grappled with these classic texts.”
—Cynthia Briggs Kittredge
Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest