What Did the Cross Accomplish?: A Conversation About the Atonement
Description In this book, readers will enjoy a fascinating and cordial discussion between N. T. Wright and Simon Gathercole on the meaning and nature of the doctrine of atonement. These two highly respected scholars discuss in clear and understandable...
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In this book, readers will enjoy a fascinating and cordial discussion between N. T. Wright and Simon Gathercole on the meaning and nature of the doctrine of atonement. These two highly respected scholars discuss in clear and understandable language the meanings of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Their discussion explores various theories of atonement and looks closely at the Old Testament to discover Paul's meaning of his words that "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures."
Wright presents his case first, then Gathercole responds with a contrary point of view. Their discussion confronts questions including: What exactly is this "scandal of the cross"? What role does the notion of sacrifice, as understood in its ancient context, play in the atonement of Christ? Is the atonement a "victory"? How so? Was Christ a "substitute," taking humankind's place on the cross and suffering the death and judgment that sinners deserve? How does the death of Christ on the cross rescue or liberate sinners from death? Does the cross achieve benefits for only humans, or do those benefits extend to the entirety of creation? This book is a succinct conversation in which all these questions receive attention, with nuanced differences between the two interlocutors. This conversation along with Robert Stewart's introductory framework make this book an excellent primer to the study of the atonement, and readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the meanings of the cross.
This heady conversation among serious theologians who are good humored, agile, and erudite is a model for how the church thinks. The topic of atonement remains a mystery beyond formulation, which of course is why the church has never pronounced definitively on the theme. In the meantime the pondering of these theologians lets us see (1) how faithful thinking is done, (2) how thick the claim of Christ is, and (3) how serious generous interpretation is generative of new possibility. This is a welcome conversation that sketches out imaginative scenarios for future work. The practice of this book is one of deep faith and bold thinking, just what the church must now undertake in fresh ways.
- Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
Jesus death bears many meanings in Scripture and Christian interpretation, including the defeat of Satan, forgiveness of sins, demonstration of love, creation of community, sign of solidarity, and start of the eschaton. In this book, eminent scholars N. T. Wright and Simon Gathercole having already written books on Christ s cross speak, spout, split, and specify these many meanings in amazing ways. Enlivened by queries from the floor, their conversation concludes without closure, and yet this slender volume offers entree into today's atonement debates. Stewart s introduction and concluding bibliography further enhance its value as a starting point for those just dipping their toes into the ocean of literature on Jesus death.
- Michael McClymond, Professor of Modern Christianity, Saint Louis University
The cross of Jesus Christ is central to the New Testament, and many views of what the cross accomplished have been debated. Here is a fascinating dialogue between two New Testament scholars who range throughout the Scriptures, presenting their views of the significance of the atonement the death of Jesus Christ. Wright and Gathercole question each other, and they respond to questions from their audience. Their stimulating discussion opens wide areas to contemplate as we see their paths converge and diverge from each other. Important insights emerge here. So do deeper perceptions of what the cross can mean, theologically and personally.
- Donald K. McKim, former Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary
Reading this enthralling book deepens and remolds our understanding of the cross of Jesus. Wright s holistic atonement is truly enlightening, Gathercole s substitutionary atonement is thought provoking, and Stewart s view of the Lord s Supper is enriching. This book must be read by all Christians who tussle with different atonement theories.
- Andrew S. Park, author of Triune Atonement, Professor of Theology and Ethics, United Theological Seminary
- Catalogue Code 589037
- Product Code 9780664265878
- ISBN 0664265871
- EAN 9780664265878
- Pages 120
- Department Academic
- Category Theology
- Sub-Category Salvation
- Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
- Publication Date Feb 2021
- Sales Rank 1542
- Dimensions 216 x 140 x 6mm
- Weight 0.149kg
N.T.(Tom) Wright (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is Reseach Professor in Christian Origins at St Mary's College in the Divinity School of St Andrew's University, Scotalnd. Formerly Bishop of Durham, he was recently named by Christianity Today as one of the top five theologians in the world. Once Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral, he taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities.
Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God; Jesus and the Victory of God; and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God.
Among his many other published works are The Original Jesus; What Saint Paul Really Said and The Climax of the Covenant. He is also co-author with Marcus Borg of The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
His commentaries include Colossians and Philemon (The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series), the 12 volume For Everyone series, Romans (New Interpreter's Bible Commentary); Galatians (The Horizons Theological Commentary) and The Letter to the Philippians (International Critical Commentary)
Most recently he has released Surprised by Hope; Small Faith--Great God; Virtue Reborn and Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
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).
Koorong -Editorial Review.