The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ
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Author: Fleming Rutledge
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.
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Part 1: The Crucifixion
- The Primacy of the Cross
- The Godlessness of the Cross
- The Question of Justice
Bridge Chapter: Anselm Reconsidered for Our Time
- The Gravity of Sin
Part 2: The Biblical Motifs
Introduction to Part 2: Motifs of the Crucifixion
- The Passover and the Exodus
- The Blood Sacrifice
- Ransom and Redemption
- The Great Assize
- The Apocalyptic War: Christus Victor
- The Descent into Hell
- The Substitution
Conclusion: Condemned into Redemption: The Rectification of the Ungodly