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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


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

  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.


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