The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571 (Vol.4) The Sixteenth by Kenneth M. Setton

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(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back urged by means of the writer, is uncertain. there is not any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, the sort of small city, it can were prohibitied except the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no list of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;

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(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis used to be a medieval guy and probably proposal as so much medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century past. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't really to devote homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan throughout the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being worthy until eventually the Muslims permitted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered through the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this capability, they went from city to city to elevate males, funds and fabric for the Crusades. Had it now not been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;

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22), but it is in striking contrast with the message of Hebrews, where the resurrection appears only at the last minute in the concluding doxology (Heb. 20). 36-39. More striking still, the actual sermons in Acts contain remarkably few echoes of Jesus' own message and teaching (though cf. 23,31). A key question therefore at once arises: is there any unity, any continuity between Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom and the Acts' proclamation of the resurrection ofJesus? 2 An important corollary to the Acts sermons' concentration on the resurrection is the absence ofany theology ofthe death rifJesus.

22f. 39 ('hanging him on a tree' - cf. 29) seem to be intended (by Luke) to highlight Jesus' shame and disgrace, and so to serve the same humiliation-vindication motif; to draw the theology of Gal. cur~. In short, an explicit theology of the death if Jesus is markedly lacking tn the kerygma of the Acts sermons. . .. Here again we are confronted with a stnkmg variation; for the vicarious sufficiency of the cross is a prominent feature of Paul's gospel (Rom. 25; I Cor. 3; II Cor. 45. Whether this is a true representation of the primitive kerygma or a reflection ofLuke's own theology is not entirely clear.

The kerygma, claims BuItmann, is neither an enlightening Weltanschauung (world view) flowing out in general truths, nor a merely historical account, which, like a reporter's story, reminds a public of important but by-gone facts. Rather ... it is, by nature, personal address which accosts each individual, throwing the person himselfinto question by rendering his self-understanding problematic, and demanding a decision of him.? In so far as Bultmann's case depends on the use of the word kerygma in the NT he is building on a firm foundation; for of the seven occurrences of the word some are best understood as denoting the act of preaching (particularly Matt.

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