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Product Details

  • Series: Facets
  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; New edition edition (September 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080061268X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800612689
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation)

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Overall, I found this book to be quite informative in the areas it aims to be.
Ky. Col.
Hengel shows these two aspects well, carefully documented his sources from ancient history and Scripture.
rodboomboom
Say the word and it is quite likely that people would fall back in disgust at the very thought of it.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
A recurring theme in the book is the temptation, as real today as in the early centuries of the Church, for Christians to deprive the Cross of Christ of its crucial place in Christian preaching and believing by playing down the "scandal", the stumbling-block, "of the Cross". There are many quotations from authors writing in Latin and Greek, and these are translated. The result is a book which is learned, but not incomprehensible. The sheer offensiveness of preaching, to a hearer of the 2nd century as much as to one from the 20th, that a crucified Jewish gallows-bird is the Saviour of the world, becomes very plain. Perhaps it is worth pointing out that the author takes as his starting point not the Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion, but the proclamation of the Crucifixion found in St.Paul - particularly in 1 Corinthians 1:18 and the verses following; and in Philippians 2:5 to 8. This is not a book about crucifixion in general, as practiced in classical antiquity;nor is it about the medical aspects of crucifixion. The theological importance of the Crucifixion for the the preaching of the Christian Gospel holds the centre of the stage, and everything else is considered in relation to that. This is the sort of book which should do much to help those of us who are Christians to appreciate more fully what is meant by faith in Christ Crucified.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Symes on April 20, 2000
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When Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:18 that the message of the cross is `folly' to those who are perishing, modern readers don't fully understand what that means. Hengel's work surveys material on crucifixion from all parts of the ancient world. In doing so he reveals that for the people of the ancient world, Greeks, Romans, barbarians and Jews, crucifixion was not something you treated lightly or glossed over. It was absolutely obscene and wasn't referred to in polite company. That Christians could claim that the Son of God was crucified would have been not just outrageous, but offensive. While parts of this book are quite technical (especially in Hengel's use of ancient languages) it is helpful in restoring our sense of just what an astonishing thing God has done through Christ. In a world where the symbol of a cross has become quite commonplace, and even something we might wear as jewellery, this book helps to change your perspective.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on May 10, 2001
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Although it is less than 100 pages in length, don't let the size fool you. This book is power-packed with information about the art of Roman crucifixion and how the cross is foolishness to those who perish, in former times as well as today. The book is a translation from German, and as in many translations, the flow seems very uneven, making it hard to keep pace. In addition, Hengel uses plenty of technical terms and refers constantly to other languages, especially Latin and Greek, so some laypeople may have a hard time wading their way through it all as well as the numerous footnotes at the bottom of the page (which sometimes takes up half a page or more). But, if you work hard, you will find a number of excellent items to highlight. In the end you will realize that crucifixion was anything but a bloodless punishment. From the whipping that normally took place beforehand to the way people were stapled onto the crosses, this was torture at its worst. This was the method that the Son of Man paid the ultimate price for our sins. This message is the central theme of the historic Christian faith. Amen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. West on May 3, 2008
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Who would've known that there was so much information about this ancient method of torture? Before happening upon this scholarly gem, I didn't think that any such work existed. Hengel does a great job of presenting much information about the crucifixion and the difficulties that it presented to the early fathers of the church. Surely it was a difficult thing to present such a gospel about a man who they claimed to be God and died the most humiliating and disgraceful death, but they did so regardless. I would absolutely recommend this work if you are looking for a book that addresses virtually all questions about crucifixion.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 12, 2001
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Translated from German, this is outstanding look at this practice in the ancient world and the cross of Christ.
The great reversal of God's Son crucified and this is good news? is a scandal to the natural mind of humankind.
Hengel shows these two aspects well, carefully documented his sources from ancient history and Scripture.
The theology of the cross vs. that of glory is reflected in this theologian's writing, e.g. "The heart of the Christian message, which Paul described as the 'word of the cross' (logos tou staurou--transliterating the Greek), ran counter not only to Roman political thinking, but to the whole ethos of religion in ancient times and in particular to the ideas of God held by educated people."
Still true today. This is excellent reference for your shelf, also try and obtain Paul Maier's "In Fullness of Time," and Eric Kiehl's "The Passion of Our Lord."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Burns on August 24, 2010
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This is a very short read. I won't say easy because it is the history of a brutal subject. Though it is only 90 pages, it took me quite a few days to get through due to graphic imagery. The Summary is sufficient if you are not looking for a detailed history of Crucifixion.

Highlights are that Hengel's historical references are tremendous. This book is not lacking in solid research. One lowlight is that there are a number of references without English translation. Also, the outline of the book is terribly jumbled. I would have preferred that all reference notes had been found at the closing of the chapter rather than each page being half full of notes. It made for a confusing read which took me until the third chapter to devise a method in order to clearly finish the book. The main reason I am giving this book 3 stars is due to its publication, not the material.

You will have a new appreciation for Christ's suffering on the Cross after reading. Man can be utterly detestable in his behavior towards his neighbor. If you have a weak stomach like myself, take heed.
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