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Introduction: Rephrasing The “Foolish” Word Of The Cross

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The message of the cross was foolishness for the Greeks. In the light of how crucifixion was regarded in public opinion, this makes sense. Research has shown that crucifixion by the Romans was regarded as the most pitiable way of dying. Later, Celsus mocked the Christians for not presenting the pure and holy Logos, but a man most dishonourably arrested and crucified. The metaphoric mapping of the Greek tradition of the evil-averting voluntary death of a royal, who avoided the destruction of his/her kinsmen or nation, unto the crucifixion of Christ enabled early Christianity to portray the crucifixion of an individual, which was normally not regarded as having a positive effect, in a positive way. It helped the Greeks to overcome the foolishness of the cross.

Keywords: Christians; cross; crucifixion of Christ; Greeks

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