"He Descended to the Dead"
2019 The Gospel Coalition Book Award - Academic Theology "I believe he descended to the dead." The descent of Jesus Christ to the dead has been a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith, as indicated by its inclusion...
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2019 The Gospel Coalition Book Award - Academic Theology
"I believe he descended to the dead." The descent of Jesus Christ to the dead has been a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith, as indicated by its inclusion in both the Apostles' and Athanasian Creeds. Falling between remembrance of Christ's death on Good Friday and of his resurrection on Easter Sunday, this affirmation has been a cause for Christian worship and reflection on Holy Saturday through the centuries. At the same time, the descent has been the subject of suspicion and scrutiny, perhaps especially from evangelicals, some of whom do not find support for it within Scripture and have even called for it to be excised from the creeds. Against this conflicted landscape, Matthew Emerson offers an exploration of the biblical, historical, theological, and practical implications of the descent. Led by the mystery and wonder of Holy Saturday, he encourages those who profess faith in Christ to consider the whole work of our Savior.
Matthew Emerson (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Seminary, ) is Dickinson Assistant Professor of Religion at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. In addition to a number of articles, he is the author of Christ and the New Creation: A Canonical Approach to the Theology of the New Testament (Wipf And Stock, 2013). Emerson also serves as a steering committee member for the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar and Senior Fellow for the Center for Ancient Christian Studies.
- <ul> <li>2019 The Gospel Coalition Book Award - Academic Theology</li> </ul> "i Believe He Descended To The Dead." The Descent Of Jesus Christ To The Dead Has Been A Fundamental Tenet Of The Christian Faith, As Indicated By Its Inclusion In Both The Apostles' And Athanasian Creeds. Falling Between Remembrance Of Christ's Death On Good Friday And Of His Resurrection On Easter Sunday, This Affirmation Has Been A Cause For Christian Worship And Reflection On Holy Saturday Through The Centuries. At The Same Time, The Descent Has Been The Subject Of Suspicion And Scrutiny, Perhaps Especially From Evangelicals, Some Of Whom Do Not Find Support For It Within Scripture And Have Even Called For It To Be Excised From The Creeds. Against This Conflicted Landscape, Matthew Emerson Offers An Exploration Of The Biblical, Historical, Theological, And Practical Implications Of The Descent. Led By The Mystery And Wonder Of Holy Saturday, He Encourages Those Who Profess Faith In Christ To Consider The Whole Work Of Our Savior.
- <strong>part One: Biblical, Historical, And Theological Foundations</strong>
- 1. "i Believe": Evangelicalism, Creedal Authority, And The Descent
- 2. "he Descended To The Dead": A Biblical Defense Of The Descent
- 3. "on The Third Day He Rose From The Dead And Ascended Into Heaven": A Historical Defense Of The Descent
- <strong>part Two: The Descent And Christian Dogmatics</strong>
- 4. "god The Father Almighty . . . Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord . . . And The Holy Spirit": Classical Trinitarianism And The Descent
- 5. "maker Of Heaven And Earth": The Descensus And The Doctrine Of Creation
- 6. "conceived By The Holy Spirit, Born Of The Virgin Mary": Christological Anthropology In Descent Perspective
- 7. "the Forgiveness Of Sins": The Descent And The Doctrine Of Salvation
- 8. "the Holy Catholic Church And The Communion Of Saints": The Descent And Ecclesiology
- 9. "the Resurrection Of The Body And The Life Everlasting": The Descent And Eschatology
- <strong>part Three: The Descent And The Christian Life</strong>
- 10. "amen": Pastoral And Practical Implications Of The Descent
- Author Index
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index