Defending Substitution - An Essay on Atonement in Paul (Acadia Studies In Bible And Theology Series)
In recent decades, the church and academy have witnessed intense debates concerning the concept of penal substitution to describe Christ's atoning sacrifice. Some claim it promotes violence, glorifies suffering and death, and amounts to divine child abuse. Others argue it...
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In recent decades, the church and academy have witnessed intense debates concerning the concept of penal substitution to describe Christ's atoning sacrifice. Some claim it promotes violence, glorifies suffering and death, and amounts to divine child abuse. Others argue it plays a pivotal role in classical Christian doctrine. Here world-renowned New Testament scholar Simon Gathercole offers an exegetical and historical defense of the traditional substitutionary view of the atonement. He provides critical analyses of various interpretations of the atonement and places New Testament teaching in its Old Testament and Greco-Roman contexts, demonstrating that the interpretation of atonement in the Pauline corpus must include substitution.
Simon J. Gathercole (Ph.D., The University of Durham) is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Cambridge, prior to that he was for seven years Lecturer in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen.
He is the author of The Gospel of Judas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007); The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark and Luke (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2006) Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Environment. Edited with J.M.G. Barclay (London/New York: Continuum, 2006); The Book of Tobit: Texts, Comparisons, Lexicon and Concordance to the Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Syriac Versions. Edited with L.T. Stuckenbruck & S.D.E. Weeks, eds. (Fontes et Subsidia ad Bibliam Pertinentes; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2004) and Where is Boasting? Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul's Response in Romans 1-5 (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002).
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- In Recent Decades, The Church And Academy Have Witnessed Intense Debates Concerning The Concept Of Penal Substitution To Describe Christ's Atoning Sacrifice. Some Claim It Promotes Violence, Glorifies Suffering And Death, And Amounts To Divine Child Abuse. Others Argue It Plays A Pivotal Role In Classical Christian Doctrine. Here World-renowned New Testament Scholar Simon Gathercole Offers An Exegetical And Historical Defense Of The Traditional Substitutionary View Of The Atonement. He Provides Critical Analyses Of Various Interpretations Of The Atonement And Places New Testament Teaching In Its Old Testament And Greco-roman Contexts, Demonstrating That The Interpretation Of Atonement In The Pauline Corpus Must Include Substitution.