Sacrifice and Community: Jewish Offering and Christian Eucharist

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John Wiley & Sons, 2006 M01 10 - 224 pages
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 Aquinasís theology of the Eucharist, and its response to Pope John Paul IIís 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 Aquinasís theology of the Eucharist, which had recently been reduced to a metaphysical defence of transubstantiation.

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Contents

The Desire of Israel
29
The Eucharist and Expiatory Sacrifice
50
The Eucharist and the Communion of Charity
95
Transubstantiation
115
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
168
Cruciform Communion
193
Subject Index
206
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Matthew Levering is Associate Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University. His recent publications include Scripture and Metaphysics: Aquinas and the Renewal of Trinitarian Theology (Blackwell, 2004) and Christís Fulfillment of Torah and Temple: Salvation According to Thomas Aquinas (2002). He is co-editor of the journal Nova et Vetera.

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