God in the grave

Did God die on a hill outside Jerusalem? Was it not only Jesus of Nazareth but somehow God himself who was hung on the cross and laid in the tomb? Christian theology has answered yes to these questions, and then struggled to articulate what this strange claim means.

Alan E. Lewis takes up the task by meditating on a day of the church year that often goes unmarked--Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter. On the boundary between cross and resurrection, Lewis contends, Christians can best contemplate the decisive events of the Christian story. On Holy Saturday, Christians look forward to celebrating the ultimate victory of God over sin and death, but remain vividly aware of the penultimate horrors of the cross. On Holy Saturday, Christians prepare to sing of Jesus' triumph over the grave, but cannot deny that the stench of death is emanating from the tomb of an innocent man, tortured and executed by an imperial power.


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