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Paul on the Cross: Reconstructing the Apostle's Story of Redemption [Paperback]

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Pages   241
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0800637887  
EAN  9780800637880  


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Even as theologians have become more critical of classic theories of atonement, biblical scholars have continued to rely upon such theories as a basis for interpreting Paul's teaching regarding salvation and the cross. In this vital volume, Brondos looks to the recent advances in New Testament scholarship to argue for an alternative understanding of Paul's doctrine of salvation and the cross. Paul, says Brondos, understood Jesus' death primarily as the consequence of his mission: to serve as God's instrument to bring about the long-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. Rather, Jesus' God responded to Jesus' faithfulness unto death by raising him, thereby 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 preceded and followed Jesus' death on the cross, that makes that death redemptive for Paul.

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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.

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Fascinating  Apr 18, 2008
As a seminary student required to read this book for class, I was enthralled by this book far more so than the run of the mill required seminary reading. Brondos makes a thorough and compelling argument. I will wait for more time to digest this book, and let others do the same, before completely abandoning whatever hodgepodge of traditional atonement theory I currently hold. I pray more learned minds than mine read this book and discuss its contents with their peers. I am extremely curious what respected theologians who hold traditional atonement theories will say...
 
A truly fresh reading of Paul  Nov 6, 2007
I am absolutely enamored with this book. I picked it up because I have a fascination with theories of the atonement, but on reading it I discovered that it is so much more than another book on the atonement. In fact, Brondos really rejects the whole idea of atonement theories. He doesn't want to explain how the cross "works" to achieve salvation. He wants to understand what Paul means when he talks about the cross.

This book properly fits in the recent tradition of the New Perspective on Paul. Brondos' main goal is to see if it is possible to understand Paul in a way that makes Paul's story of Jesus compatible with the story of Jesus we find in the gospels and Acts. Traditional interpretations of Paul have him presenting a gospel which is very disjointed from the story we find in Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. Brondos suggests a new way of reading Paul that brings these two visions of Jesus together.

It's a remarkable work. I highly recommend it.
 

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