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What Jesus Saw from the Cross Hardcover – May, 1996


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What Jesus Saw From The Cross is an unabashedly devotional work, written largely to deepen the Lenten meditations of the Christian faithful. Yet it relies heavily on findings of archaeologists and historians to refine (and at times correct) the image of Jesus familiar from 2000 years of tradition. If Sertillanges' method contradicts legend and tradition regarding the death of Jesus, it agrees perfectly with biblical accounts. Sertillanges (an acclaimed scholar and Catholic Priest) finds historical precedents for such events as the soldiers dressing Jesus as a mock king and casting lots for his clothes. Originally published in 1930, What Jesus Saw From The Cross is a time-lost classic deservedly brought back into print for a new generation of grateful readers. -- Midwest Book Review

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Inst Pr (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918477255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918477255
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great reading for the Lenten season, very stimulating for meditating.
Charles D. Merchant
It is well-written and can be re-read many times to grasp the vast amount of knowledge that it can bring to the reader.
D-Man
It helps us to experience the overwhelming love that Jesus has for us.
John Webb

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Cary A. Cusumano on April 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
The title of this book is appropriate because I found this book really implants in one's mind a real vision of what it must have been like to be at the foot of the cross 2000 years ago.
It is a very quick read even when doing so prayerfully, since the imagery provided on each page truly makes one feel he is right there. One can feel the heat, hear the shouts of derision, see the flies as they buzz overhead.
The book beautifully describes the events from the Last Supper through the Crucifixion in a loving representation of what Jesus might have seen as he was raised aloft on the cross. As you read this prayerfully, place yourself at the foot of this cross and be with Him as you witness the vista of Jerusalem through His eyes.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tim Drake VINE VOICE on February 8, 2001
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In Fr. Sertillanges' spiritual classic - the reader is transported to the Holy Land in a way which the reader will not easily forget. The reader sees, through the eyes of Christ, the wedding feast at Cana, his baptism, the Upper Room, Gethsemane, and the Cross.
Fr. Sertillanges, who lived in Jerusalem, presents the Passion of Christ with details that make the events come alive.
Originally published in French in 1930, this book has stood the tests of time. Sophia Institute's version is highly readable.
A retreat, a pilgrimage, and a meditation all wrapped in one - this book should be required reading, along with the Gospels, every Lent.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda S. Lamb on January 24, 2003
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This book makes you feel like you are there as Jesus is crucified. You can almost feel the suffering as He weeps in the Garden or the ache as He carries His cross. Very powerful. Should be recommended reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cary A. Cusumano on April 17, 2000
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The title of this book is appropriate because I found this book really implants in one's mind a real vision of what it must have been like to be at the foot of the cross 2000 years ago.
It is a very quick read even when doing so prayerfully, since the imagery provided on each page truly makes one feel he is right there. One can feel the heat, hear the shouts of derision, see the flies as they buzz overhead.
The book beautifully describes the events surrounding the Crucifixion in a loving representation of what Jesus might have seen as he was raised aloft on the cross. As you read this prayerfully, place yourself at the foot of this cross and be with Him as you witness the vista of Jerusalem through His eyes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Webb on March 20, 2013
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As Good Friday approaches, this book makes for wonderful Lenten reading. It helps us to experience the overwhelming love that Jesus has for us. The author's first-hand knowledge of Jerusalem helps us to feel like we are there. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger P Waters on April 19, 2013
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Purchased for reading during lent. My wife and I were very moved by the description of Christ's cruel suffering as seen from the cross.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karin Voisin on March 21, 2013
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This book provides a viewpoint not often taken. and is especially compelling to read in advance of Christ's Passion and Resurrection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pcleere1 on April 18, 2013
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This book has given me historical and spiritual clarity about Good Friday along with the days leading up to our Lord's sacrifice.
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