The Glory of the Atonement: Biblical, Theological & Practical Perspectives: Essays in Honor of Roger Nicole
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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. With The Glory of the Atonement editors Charles E. Hill and Frank A. James III, along with a group of expert contributors, attempt to fulfill this trust at the dawn of a new millennium.
The Glory of the Atonement 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 view 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.
Here is a full-course feast for ministers of the Word, a textbook for students of the Bible and theology, and a valuable resource for any theological library.
About the Editors
Charles E. Hill is professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is author of Regnum Caelorum, Patterns of Future Hope in Early Christianity.
Frank A. James III is provost and professor of historical theology at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the author of Peter Martyr Vermigli: Praedestinatio Dei in the Thought of an Italian Reformer and, with Heiko Oberman, coeditor of Via Augustini: Augustine in the Later Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation.
The Glory of the Atonement will undoubtedly become a standard treatment of the subject from a generally Reformed perspective. Hill and James have gathered a fine cadre of gifted scholars to honor veteran theologian Roger Nicole. One of Nicole's perennial interests is, of course, the doctrine of the atonement. As the subtitle indicates, the book is divided into three sections dealing with the biblical foundations, theological development, and practical working out of a proper understanding of the work of Christ on the cross. Several Westminster Theological Seminary professors and alumni have contributed chapters to this noteworthy collection. And, interestingly enough, Roger Nicole offers a postscript on penal substitution to round out the most thorough treatment of the cross of Christ in several years. - Jeff Waddington - Westminster Bookstore Staff, 2004