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Bibil Identifier bibil:202387
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) "Ephʾ hapax..."
Title (German, ) Historische und systematische Aspekte des christlichen Opferbegriffs
Author Sparn, Walter
Journal Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie (Volume: 50, Issue: 3-4)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language German
Pages 216-237 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The author states (I) that Christianity on the one hand represents a well-defined abrogation of cultic sacrifice, yet on the other hand practices offerings in ambivalent sense due to the asymmetry of the sacrificial death of Christ and the Christians' praising and thanksgiving and then characterizes the modern perspective on religious sacrifice more or less dominant since the Enlightenment. Against the background of the distinction between sacrificium, victima and oblatio (II) four historically developed profiles of perception of religious sacrifice are being presented: The ethical reinterpretation of blood sacrifice resp.victim; (imperfect) neutralization of violence; continuations of the Christ's death on the cross in martyrdom and the Eucharist; the contrast of human sacrificia and divine sacramentum. As old-new systematic tasks the essay (III) specifies four questions: Can the sacrificial death of Christ be made plausible hermeneutically as not being functionally equivalent to cultic sacrificing, but as overcoming the logic of violent sacrificing in the oblatio of God's love? How can we think of God and sacrifice if not in relation to deadly “satisfaction”? What kind of offering is human – certainly the doxologic and practical thanksgiving to God and but also the active and passive “sacrifice of life” inclusively replacing others, too? Which sort of offering is of a suitable quality for the Christian community, particularly given the discrepancy between Catholic and Protestant perception? The author drafts (IV) questions respectively from the perspectives of philosophy of religion and cultural hermeneutics based on the theological assumption that the death of Christ for us happened eph' hapax.
DOI 10.1515/NZST.2008.017
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sacrifice
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