From the dead, on Sunday morning

From the dead, on Sunday morning. Nicolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig* (1783-1872), translated by Alan Gaunt* (1935- ). This hymn, ‘Sondag morgen fra de dode’, is found in volume 1 of the Sang Vaerk, in the context of one or two of Grundtvig’s strongest translations of Sunday hymns from the Greek. It is full of the conviction that at the heart of Christianity is the triumph of life over death. In conversation with a distinguished German visitor who asked his views on the use of dialectical method in theology, Grundtvig replied ‘Mein gegensatz ist Leben und Tod’ (‘My antithesis/opposition is life and death’). Thus for Grundtvig the Christus Victor theme, both patristic and Lutheran, is the...

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