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Sacrifice and Community: Jewish Offering and Christian Eucharist

Sacrifice and Community: Jewish Offering and Christian Eucharist

Matthew Levering

ISBN: 978-1-405-15217-4

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

272 pages

$44.99

Description

This book explores the character of the Eucharist as communion in and through sacrifice. It 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.

  • Argues that the Eucharist cannot be separated from sacrifice, and rediscovers the biblical connections between sacrifice and communion.

  • Timed to coincide with the Year of the Eucharist, proclaimed by Pope John Paul II.

  • Reclaims the riches of St Thomas Aquinas’s theology of the Eucharist, which had recently been reduced to a metaphysical defence of transubstantiation.
Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Beyond Eucharistic Idealism.

1. The Desire of Israel.

2. The Eucharist and Expiatory Sacrifice.

3. The Eucharist and the Communion of Charity.

4. Transubstantiation.

5. The Liturgy of the Eucharist.

6. Conclusion: Cruciform Communion.

Name Index.

Subject Index.


  • An exploration of the character of the Eucharist as communion in and through sacrifice.

  • Argues that the Eucharist cannot be separated from sacrifice, and rediscovers the biblical connections between sacrifice and communion.

  • Timed to coincide with the Year of the Eucharist, proclaimed by Pope John Paul II.

  • Responds to Pope John Paul II’s encyclical work Ecclesia de Eucharistia.

  • Critiques the dominant paradigm for Eucharistic theology established in the 1960s by Edward Schillebeeckx and Karl Rahner, who sought to bypass sacrifice.

  • Reclaims the riches of St Thomas Aquinas’s theology of the Eucharist, which had recently been reduced to a metaphysical defence of transubstantiation.