Paul on the Cross
Even as theologians and others have become more critical of classic theories of atonement, Brondos maintains, biblical scholars have continued to understand Paul's soteriology based on the language and categories of a thousand years later. In this vital volume he...
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Even as theologians and others have become more critical of classic theories of atonement, Brondos maintains, biblical scholars have continued to understand Paul's soteriology based on the language and categories of a thousand years later. In this vital volume he draws the theological consequences of the "new perspective" on Paul for our understanding of the meaning and efficacy of Jesus'' death. Paul, says Brondos, understood Jesus' death primarily as the consequence of his mission of serving as God's instrument to bring about the awaited redemption of Israel, in which Gentiles throughout the world would also be included. For Paul, Jesus' death is salvific, not because it satisfies some necessary condition for human salvation as most doctrines of the atonement have traditionally maintained, nor because it effects some change in the situation of human beings or the world in general, but because God responded to Jesus' faithfulness unto death by raising him, ensuring that all the divine promises of salvation would be fulfilled through him. Jesus' death forms part of an overarching story culminating in the redemption of Israel and the world; it is this story, and in particular what precedes and follows Jesus' death on the cross, which makes that death redemptive for Paul.
This work offers a fresh, scholarly account of Pauline theology of salvation. It outlines the theological consequences of the "new perspective" on Paul for our understanding of the meaning of Jesus' death. It argues that Paul understood Jesus' death as the consequence of his mission to bring redemption to Israel.
David A. Brondos (Ph.D., Kings College, University of London) is Professor of Theology at the Theological Community of Mexico, an ecumenical consortium of seminaries in Mexico City, where he teaches systematic theology and biblical studies. An ordained ELCA minister, he is author of The Letter and the Spirit: Discerning God's Will in a Complex World (Lutheran Voices, 2005); Paul on the Cross: Reconstructing the Apostle's Story of Redemption (Fortress, 2006); Fortress Introduction to Salvation and the Cross (Fortress, 2007); and Redeeming the Gospel: The Christian Faith Reconsidered (Fortress, 2010)
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