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: 149,934

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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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"By focusing on the importance of narrative context, language and metaphor, this book recaptures some of the mystery and complexity of New Testament views of atonement. Besides engaging recent debates on the salvific meaning of the crucifixion, this revised edition surveys New Testament, historical, and contemporary models of the atonement, revealing unintended side effects of a contemporary model of penal satisfaction. Scholars and pastors will gain from the insights of this clear and well-researched study--one that shows the necessity of doing theology that relates to the mission of the church in every context and generation."--Frances S. Adeney, William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Mission, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary