Recovering the Scandal of the Cross

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 287 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20mm | 435g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 0830839313
  • 9780830839315
  • 281,013

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition


1 Making Sense of the Cross of Christ

2 The Cross and the New Testament: A Melange of Voices (Part One)

3 The Cross and the New Testament: A Melange of Voices (Part Two)

4 The Saving Significance of Jesus? Death in the New Testament

5 Models of the Atonement: A History and Assessment (Part One)

6 Models of the Atonement: A History and Assessment (Part Two)

7 Removing Alienating Shame: The Saving Significance of the Cross in Japan

8 Confounding Evil Through Cunning and Compassion

9 Hearing Other Voices: Exploring the Ongoing Significance of Jesus? Death

10 Communicating the Atonement Today


Author and Subject Index

Scripture Index
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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
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About Mark D. Baker

Mark D. Baker is associate professor of mission and theology at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He is also the editor of Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross. Joel B. Green is associate dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies and professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author and editor of many books on the New Testament, including a major commentary on the Gospel of Luke.
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