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


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: 170,734

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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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"Recovering the scandalous nature of the cross demands, Green and Baker think, taking seriously the "melange of voices" present in the New Testament, the power and mechanics of metaphorical language, and the impact of culture on the way we think and speak. These are weighty and at times difficult matters; it is Recovering the Scandal's greatest strength that each is treated accurately and comprehensively without ever lapsing into inaccessible acadmic jargon."--Thomas Andrew Bennett, Fuller Theology News & Notes, Fall 2012