Love unknown JB

Love Unknown

Meditations on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

John Barton

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“Human life is unpredictable – full of sorrows that no one can foresee and of joys that come unlooked for. But Christians often see the life, death and resurrection as an exception to this rule.

The starting point for this book is that cross and resurrection alike are travestied when they are seen in this way. In entering into our world and sharing in its suffering, God in Christ accepts the uncertainty and unpredictability that are part of the human lot. In embodying God’s love, Jesus was subject to the randomness and uncertainty that we experience as the ultimate threat to human life; and his resurrection is a sign of unexpected hope beyond final despair.”

From the author’s foreword.

John Barton was Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scriptures at Oxford and retired from the chair in 2014. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall in Oxford which is a Jesuit Hall of the University of Oxford but has an ecumenical profile. He has assisted in the Parish of Abingdon where he and his wife Mary live, since the late 1970s, and the book is dedicated to The Church in Abingdon.



Desiring Life Dates Winter and Spring 2019

January 15th The necessary Path and The Outsider.

January 29th Time and Chance and God’s Cross.

February 12th Christ crucified and Perfect Freedom.

February 26th Down into the Silence and The Stranger

March 12th Christian Names and The Death of Death.

March 26th Happy Endings and Unveiled Faces.


All the meetings are held in the Parish Centre Lounge from 2.30pm and led by members of the clergy team or a member of the group. Buy a copy of the book and turn up, no need to book a place.

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