Book 18: Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas (2004)

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Ah, the first of the many theological books I’m going to be reading before I finally lose interest and move on to other things. Since this is the first theological book I’ve read in a while – or maybe ever – I’m not sure what kind of impression I’m supposed to have. I would like to agree or disagree with some of what the author says, but I don’t have enough knowledge in this department to do that.

I do know that this book focuses on the “seven last words” that Jesus said before he died on the cross:

1. “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” — Luke 23: 34

2. “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” — Luke 23: 43

3. “Woman, behold they son!” . . . “Behold thy mother!” — John 19:26-27 (KJV)

4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” — Matthew 27:46

5. “I thirst.” — John 19:28 (KJV)

6. “It is finished.” — John 19:30

7. “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” — Luke 23:46

If I feel like it, I may add what I think the author is trying to say later. For the moment, I’ll leave it at a simple, useless list. What I find interesting is the way the author uses the KJV version for the third and the fifth words. Isn’t the King James Version notoriously inaccurate? How exactly are those verses worded in the other versions? More importantly, what do they say in their original language?

I’m now going to do some research on this issue. Stay tuned while I eat this cupcake.

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