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Ascension and Ecclesia: On the Significance of the Doctrine of the Ascension for Ecclesiology and Christian Cosmology

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Recent theology offers few attempts to come to grips with the meaning and implications of the ascension of Jesus. Ascension and Ecclesia promises to refocus attention on this crucial Christian doctrine. Douglas Bryce Farrow begins with a discussion of the biblical treatment of the ascension and eucharistic celebration, from which emerges the unique ecclesial worldview. Suc ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published 1999)
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Tim
Oct 27, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and thought-provoking. A strange and wonderful book that will forever reshape the way you think about the meaning of the ascension in relation to Christology, the church, the Eucharist, and eschatology.

The book is an extended reflection of the paradox of Christ being both present and absent. Farrow surveys the theology of the ascension in Irenaeus, Origen, John of Damascus, Maximus, and then through the Middle Ages, and through the Reformation into modern times. He traces the theme of
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Jared Leonard
May 01, 2007 Jared Leonard rated it really liked it
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One of the few books dedicated to the doctrine of Christ's Ascension and how it shaped the church in the first century. This is one of the most neglected (i.e. taken for granted) doctrines of Christian dogma and one might construct a very convincing case that this negligence is one of the key factors which accounts for the disrepair we find in American evangelicalism today.
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Sep 30, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
A tremendous theological and biblical survey. It's thorough and detailed.
Steven Wedgeworth
Jun 14, 2011 Steven Wedgeworth rated it really liked it
I thought this was one of the most powerful Biblical and theological presentations for a Reformed ecclesiology that I'd ever read. Farrow's immediate conversion to Rome made me rethink it, but I still agree with me. I can't explain why he jumped ship. It's a great book, though fairly academic in style.
Kenny
Jan 11, 2013 Kenny rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best theology books I have read in the last few years. Not only does highlight the central importance of the Ascension for the church's present existence, but the guy writes in a very enjoyable style.
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