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The Glory of the Atonement:
Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives (ed. C. Hill & F. James, III)

Apollos, 2004

Blurb Review


The atonement is the crown jewel of Christian doctrine. And it is the responsibility of each generation of theologians to preserve its heritage, explore its facets and allow its radiance to illumine their day. This book is an attempt to fulfil this trust at the dawn of a new millennium and to give honour to the career of Roger Nicole. Although not aiming to be a coherent biblical theology of the atonement the book provides a wealth of biblical considerations from both Testaments and will enrich any biblical theology of the cross. It is divided into three parts - biblical, historical and practical - with each section introduced by an overview essay. In part one evangelical biblical scholars explore the atonement within the contours of Scripture, looking first at the atonement in the Pentateuch, Psalm 51 and Isaiah 53, and then more closely at the major texts of the New Testament. In part two, historical and systematic theologians weigh the atonement in the ancient, medieval and Reformation traditions. The primary perspective of the contributors is the Reformed tradition, which is further represented by essays on John Calvin, Herman Bavinck and Karl Barth. A timely capstone to this historical perspective is a stimulating consideration of the atonement and postmodernism. Finally, the implications of the atonement are brought home in part three with a look at the atonement in contemporary preaching and Christian living. This book is a feast for ministers of the Word, a textbook for students of the Bible and theology, and a valuable resource for any theological library.


A Tribute to Roger Nicole (Timothy George)
General Introduction (Frank A. James III)

Part I: Atonement in the Old and New Testaments

1. Atonement in the Pentateuch (Emile Nicole)
2. Atonement in Psalm 51 (Bruce K. Waltke)
3. Atonement in Isaiah 53 (J. Alan Groves)
4. Atonement in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts (Royce Gordon Gruenler)
5. Atonement in John's Gospel and Epistles (J. Ramsey Michaels)
6. Atonement in Romans 3:21-26 (D. A. Carson)
7. Atonement in the Pauline Corpus (Richard Gaffin)
8. Atonement in Hebrews (Simon J. Kistemaker)
9. Atonement in James, Peter and Jude (Dan G. McCartney)
10. Atonement in the Apocalypse of John (Charles E. Hill)

Part II: Atonement in Church History

11. Interpreting Atonement in Augustine's Preaching
12. The Atonement in Medieval Theology (Gwenfair M. Walters)
13. The Atonement in Martin Luther's Theology (Timothy George)
14. The Atonement in John Calvin's Theology (Henri Blocher)
15. Definite Atonement in Historical Perspective (Raymond A. Blacketer)
16. The Atonement in Herman Bavinck's Theology (Joel R. Beeke)
17. The Ontological Presuppositions of Barth's Doctrine of the Atonement (Bruce McCormack)
18. The Atonement in Postmodernity: Guilt, Goats and Gifts (Kevin J. Vanhoozer)

Part III: The Atonement in the life of the Christian and the Church

19. The Atonement in the Life of the Christian (J. I. Packer)
20. Preaching the Atonement (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

Postscript on Penal Substitution (Roger Nicole)

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