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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Quarterly Quote of the Month about Jesus for this Week


"Jesus is the apotheosis of totemism: the human-animal immortal ancestor whose animal form - the sacrificed lamb's body & blood which is also the bread & wine - sustains the life of his worshippers."

                       ~Northrop Frye

3 comments:

  1. John C. PoirierMay 5, 2014 at 4:07 AM

    Now I know why I don't read Northrop Frye.

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  2. Jack, Frye is one of those really interesting voices on the margins of biblical studies. When he "gets it wrong" it's like you can see a Frye-shaped hole in the brick wall. But when he "gets it right" he says it better than a biblical scholar could have said it. I'll leave it to you to decide whether or not he's right or wrong here.

    -anthony

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    1. Alright -- just so long as you don't talk United Seminary into putting up any Christian totem poles!

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