The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

by Fleming Rutledge


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Though the apostle Paul boldly proclaimed “Christ crucified” as the heart of the gospel, Fleming Rutledge notes that preaching about the cross of Christ is remarkably neglected in most churches today. In this book Rutledge addresses the issues and controversies that have caused pastors to speak of the cross only in the most general, bland terms, precluding a full understanding and embrace of the gospel by their congregations.

            Countering our contemporary tendency to bypass Jesus’ crucifixion, Rutledge in these pages examines in depth all the various themes and motifs used by the New Testament evangelists and apostolic writers to explain the meaning of the cross of Christ. She mines the classical writings of the Church Fathers, the medieval scholastics, and the Reformers as well as more recent scholarship, while bringing them all into contemporary context.

            Widely known for her preaching, Rutledge seeks to encourage preachers, teachers, and anyone else interested in what Christians believe to be the central event of world history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802875341
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/09/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 696
Sales rank: 77,189
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Fleming Rutledge is an Episcopal priest widely recognized in North America and the UK as a preacher, lecturer, and teacher of other preachers. Her published sermon collections, most recently And God Spoke to Abraham: Preaching from the Old Testament, have received acclaim across denominational lines. Among her other books are The Bible and The New York Times, Not Ashamed of the Gospel: Sermons from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings.

Table of Contents

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Crucifixion

1 The Primacy of the Cross 41

2 The Godlessness of the Cross 72

3 The Question of justice 106

Bridge Chapter: Anselm Reconsidered for Our Time 146

4 The Gravity of Sin 167

Part 2 The Biblical Motifs

Introduction to Part 2: Motifs of the Crucifixion 207

5 The Passover and the Exodus 214

6 The Blood Sacrifice 232

7 Ransom and Redemption 284

8 The Great Assize 303

9 The Apocalyptic War: Christus Victor 348

10 The Descent into Hell 395

11 The Substitution 462

12 Recapitulation 536

Conclusion: Condemned into Redemption: The Rectification of the Ungodly 571

Bibliography 613

Index of Names 636

Index of Subjects 644

Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Literature 661

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