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The Mystery of the Cross: Bringing Ancient Christian Images to Life

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"Christianity is a religion founded on the mystery of the cross of Christ." --Leo the Great At the center of Christianity sits the cross of Christ. From the beginning, Christ's followers celebrated the cross as a symbol of their faith. It was honored in church worship, carved into rough tombstones, pressed onto loaves of bread and set out as a sign of sanctuary. The cross ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published November 28th 2009 by IVP Books (first published October 29th 2009)
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Crystal
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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The book is made up of 40 chapters, each that dive into an ancient Christian image. If I were to re-read this book (and I just might), I would use it as a 40-day devotional study, using each chapter as a meditation. Couchman uses incredible images that help us make connections between our current Christian practices and the very early Christian church. Coming from a liturgical church background, there were many times as I was reading that a lightbulb clicked in my head and I said “OH! That’s why ...more
Todd
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
More of a devotional book than scholarly, as long as you understand it's purpose, it is quite excellent. There are lots of short little essays that really force one to think about our presumptions when it comes to symbolism, meaning, and their relationship to the One who became flesh for us, and died on the accursed tree.
Josh Morgan
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café. This review was made possible by a complimentary copy of the book from InterVarsity Press.

The Mystery of the Cross by Judith Couchman caught my attention by a beautiful, illuminated manuscript-type cover and the promise of exploration of images of the Cross to enhance devotional time.

Having reviewed several books that I was expecting to be great, but did not meet that expectation at all, I went into this book expecting it to disappoint me
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Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather by: BibleDude.net
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I love the way the author takes academic, historic material and makes it enjoyable and practical.
Julie Davis
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A series of 40 essays ... review to come.
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