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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (November 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405136901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405136907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,363,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book explores the character of the Eucharist as communion in and through sacrifice. Drawing on Jewish reflection upon the Aqedah (the near-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham in Genesis), as well as on other critical analyses of sacrifice in Scripture, the book shows that communion is not possible without the reconciliation attained by sacrificial self-giving love. Following the insights of St Thomas Aquinas, the author argues that all aspects of Eucharistic theology, including metaphysical doctrines such as transubstantiation, depend upon recognizing that communion cannot be separated from its sacrificial context. The book will stimulate discussion because of its controversial critique of the dominant paradigm for Eucharistic theology, its reclamation of St Thomas Aquinas's theology of the Eucharist, and its response to Pope John Paul II's Ecclesia de Eucharistia.

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This book explores the character of the Eucharist as communion in and through sacrifice. Drawing on Jewish reflection upon the Aqedah (the near-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham in Genesis), as well as on other critical analyses of sacrifice in Scripture, the book shows that communion is not possible without the reconciliation attained by sacrificial self-giving love. Following the insights of St Thomas Aquinas, the author argues that all aspects of Eucharistic theology, including metaphysical doctrines such as transubstantiation, depend upon recognizing that communion cannot be separated from its sacrificial context.

The book will stimulate discussion because of its controversial critique of the dominant paradigm for Eucharistic theology, its reclamation of St Thomas Aquinas’s theology of the Eucharist, and its response to Pope John Paul II’s Ecclesia de Eucharistia.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By STAN on June 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Levering continues his dual purpose efforts of involving scholars of other denominations, as well as religions (Jewish) while he brings Dominican wisdom more into the maintream. In this book especially however, probably due to the most sacred nature of the topic, the Eucharist, the blatantly WRONG views of some of these are particularly distasteful and irking. AND, this includes Catholic theologians (especially Enrico Mazza. Why is it that so much nonsense comes out of Collegeville?) This type of material is mostly in the first part of the book, but is also sprinkled throughout.

The Chapter on Transubstantiation, despite his genuine efforts, unfortunately does not satisfy, for two out of three reasons. First, the terminology is by nature quite difficult (substance, material, etc) in its own right, but in the course of his arguments against other positions, the sense intended by these terms becomes fuzzy. Second, Levering discusses a metaphysical position of Aquinas regarding the species post consecration as accidents without a subject. Something which is otherwise impossible. The answer is that "God sustains them" while not becoming the subject himself. This was quite logically unsatisfying (being in IT doesnt help). Thirdly, the subject is a mystery by nature. No one gets that last point! ;)

The Chapter on the liturgy though was very satisfying. I enjoyed it very much.

I enjoy reading Levering more when he just discusses things straightly, without feeling it so necessary to dredge up such DIS-orthodox positions. Hope you read this Mat!
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