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The prominence of the cross as a Christian symbol is rooted in the NT account of the saving death of Jesus on the cross at Golgotha. The wealth of the symbolism is due to the link with another line of interpretation that was originally independent, namely, the cross as an eschatological seal. In this view, the cross is a sign whose bearers commit themselves to the protection and possession of God at the last judgment. Basic here is th…

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Schubert, Erika Dinkler–von, “Cross”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1500>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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