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Strength in Weakness: The Scandal of the Cross
John W. Rogerson is Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Sheffield University. Born in 1935, and an Anglican priest for many years, he is a leading Old Testament scholar. His interests include the use of the Bible in social, moral, political and environmental issues, and Semitic languages.
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These theological reflections on the Cross and Passion of Jesus Christ touch upon some central paradoxes of the Christian faith. Jesus was put to death publicly by crucifixion which, according to traditional Jewish teaching, was a scandal and an affront to God. Yet a Roman centurion present was able to exclaim in awe, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’ The book invites us to ponder instances where strength was manifested in weakness, not only for Jesus - in Gethsemane, at his Trial and on the Cross - but also for those two pillars of the early Church, Peter and Paul, as they too wrestled with ‘the Scandal of the Cross’.