Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts

Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts

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By (author) Mark D Baker, By (author) Joel B Green

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  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Format: Paperback | 287 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Illinois
  • ISBN 10: 0830839313
  • ISBN 13: 9780830839315
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Sales rank: 197,007

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For the first-century Roman world the cross was first and foremost an instrument of shameful and violent execution. But early Christians, who had seen their world upended by the atoning power of the cross of Christ, came to view it in an entirely different light. Deeply scandalous, it was paradoxically glorious. For the cross of Christ marked the epochal saving event in God's dealings with Israel and the world. And its meaning could not be fathomed or encircled by a single image or formulation. Since its publication in 2000, Recovering the Scandal of the Cross has initiated among evangelicals a new conversation about the nature of the atonement and how it should be expressed in the varied and global contexts of today. In this second edition Green and Baker have clarified and enlarged their argument in a way that will continue to provoke thought and conversation on this critical topic.

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"In the second edition of Recovering the Scandal of the Cross, Baker and Green continue the important conversation about the doctrine of the atonement by responding to new proposals and to critics of the book's first edition. . . . Most helpful is their insightful treatment of non-Western views of the cross which pushes forward evangelical attempts at cultural contextualization without sheer accommodation. Everyone interested in cutting-edge theological thinking about the atonement must read this second edition."--Roger E. Olson, professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University