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An unusual formulation of the redemption in the homily on the passion by melito of sardis

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In the very year in which the man to whom this festschrift is dedicated embarked upon his professorial career, that year in which our country fell into the tyrant's grip, there appeared in the free world the editio princeps of an early Christian document dating from the latter half of the second century, the Homily on the Pascha by Melito of Sardis. This sermon about the Pascha uses a typological exposition of Israel's liberation from the bondage of Egypt to proclaim the decisive, eternal redemption brought by Christ Jesus and calls upon the Jewish people to accept Hirn, the true Paschal Lamb slain by themselves. This anti-doron offered in gratitude for the many gifts which the author has received from Melito of Sardis both in speech and through his writings deals with one aspect of this sermon.

Keywords: Christ Jesus; Israel's liberation; Melito of Sardis; Pascha



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