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Early Christian Discourses on Jesus? Prayer at Gethsemane: Courageous, Committed, Cowardly? (Karl Olav Sandnes) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2016) 9789004309593

Title: Early Christian Discourses on Jesus? Prayer at Gethsemane: Courageous, Committed, Cowardly?

Author: Sandnes, Karl Olav

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2016

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004309593

Volumes: 1; Pages: 386

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From early on, Christians passed down the account of Jesus's agony at the prospect of his own death and his prayer that the cup should pass from him (Gethsemane). Yet, this is a troublesome aspect of Christian tradition. Jesus was committed to his death, but as it approached, he prayed for his escape, even as he submitted himself to God's will. Ancient critics mocked Jesus and his followers for the events at Gethsemane. The 'hero' failed to meet the cultural standards for noble death and masculinity. As such, this story calls for further reflection and interpretation. The present book unfolds discourses from the earliest centuries of Christianity to determine what strategies were developed to come to terms with Gethsemane.

Table of Contents

1 Introducing the Topic

2 A Legacy of Manly Courage

3 Manly Martyrs

4 Jesus? Agony Seen by Foes: A Lack of Manly Courage

5 Mark 14:32-42: Jesus?Righteous Sufferer and Example

6 Matthew: "If Necessary"

7 A Heroic Jesus? Luke's Gospel (Luke 22:39-46)

8 The Fourth Gospel: Gethsemane Reconfigured

9 "With Loud Cries and Tears": Heb 5:7-9 and Gethsemane

10 Justin Martyr: "Autobiographic" Gethsemane

11 Tatian: Gethsemane Harmonized

12 "Orthodox" versus "Non-Orthodox" Gethsemane

13 The Gospel of the Savior (Papyrus Berolinensis 22220): Intercession in Heavenly Gethsemane

14 Origen: A More Severe Martyrdom

15 Gethsemane and the Lord's Prayer

16 "Hippolytus": Gethsemane and Doctrinal Proof

17 John Chrysostom: Gethsemane and Acted Proof

18 Jerome: Gethsemane - An Incident of Propatheia

19 The Empress Eudocia's Cento: Homeric and Emotional Hero at Gethsemane

20 Gethsemane Discourses
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