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The Mystery of the Cross: Bringing Ancient Christian Images to Life

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A book by Judith Couchman

"Judith Couchman has given us a remarkably rich tour of the history of the cross. She traces the journey of this centrally important Christian symbol from its earliest pre-Christian origins to the present in a series of short, engaging chapters. … see full wiki

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Author: Judith Couchman
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
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Gain A Fresh Perspective on An Ancient Symbol--The Cross

  • Dec 13, 2009
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Throughout the ages the Cross has been symbolized in many different fashions and Judith Couchman takes the reader on a remarkable journey. Until I read through this well-done book, I had no idea the various symbols used to represent the Cross. In fact, Couchman captures 40 different representations in this book which includes seven different parts:

**The Cross in Pre-Christian Times
**The Cross and the Suffering Savior
**The Cross and the First Believers
**The Cross and Early Religious Freedom
**The Cross in Ancient Everyday Life
**The Cross in Early Church Life
**The Cross and Its Eternal Power

This book can be used as a devotional learning experience about the Cross or you can read it straight through like any nonfiction book. I found it a bit unusual to release a book about the Cross around Christmas because typically the Church is tuned into the Cross around Easter instead of Christmas. Yet toward the end of the book on page 195, I found the Christmas connection within this book: "Christmas Day 800 marked one of the turning points to European history. Charles, King of the Franks, attended the third Nativity mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He prostrated himself for prayers at the Tomb of the Apostle, in front of the congregation. when Charles rose from his petitions, Pope Leo III stepped forward and crowned him emperor of the Romans. The assemblage cried out, "Long life and victory to Charles, the most pious Augustus, the great, peace-loving emperor, crowned by God." Then everyone in attendance, including the pope, bowed to the new emperor, also known as Charlemagne." And to think that such a celebration happened on Christmas Day.

Pick up a copy of THE MYSTERY OF THE CROSS. It will shake you out of your routine thinking about this ancient symbol.

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