Problems with Atonement: The Origins Of, and Controversy About, the Atonement Doctrine

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Liturgical Press, 2005 - 144 pagini

The origins of atonement are found in Paul's writings. Popular Christian theology has understood them to mean that God demanded a bloody victim to pay for human sin. In Problems with AtonementStephen Finlan examines the Christian doctrine of atonement and current debates about it. He considers its biblical foundation in Pauline texts, the Old Testament background, and the theological questions under discussion about atonement. He provides ancient historical background and raises questions, such as whether the Incarnation must be understood through the lens of atonement.

Chapters are Chapter 1: Sacrifice and Scapegoat," "Chapter 2: Paul's Use of Cultic Imagery," "Chapter 3: Atonement afterPaul," "Chapter 4: Rationalizing the Atonement Doctrine," and "Chapter 5: The Incarnation."

Stephen Finlan, PhD, is an adjunct professor of New Testament at Seton Hall University and Fordham University. He is the author of The Background and Content of Paul's Cultic Atonement Metaphors(Society of Biblical Culture, 2004).


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I thought it was a Christian book! its not!

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This book openly mocks the idea that God does not forgive sin "without the shedding of blood". It is very, very well written in terms of scholarship but it denies that the sacrificial system was ... Citiți recenzia completă

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Distilled to its essence, the subject of the atonement is thoroughly researched and covered in this magnificent theological and historical report on the development of this crucial and critical ... Citiți recenzia completă

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Pauls Use of Cultic Imagery
Atonement after Paul
Rationalizing the Atonement Doctrine
Critiques of Atonement
The Incarnation
Index of Modern Authors
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Pagina 11 - For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls : for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Pagina 23 - Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God ? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old ? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul...
Pagina 23 - If I were hungry, I would not tell thee : for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
Pagina 40 - For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Pagina 47 - We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.
Pagina 32 - And when he has made an end of atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat; 21 and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins...
Pagina 23 - The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD; but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

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Stephen Finlan, PhD, is an adjunct professor at Drew University and has taught at Fordham. He is also author of Problems with Atonementand Options on Atonement in Christian Thought(both published by Liturgical Press) as well as The Background and Content of Paul's Cultic Atonement Metaphors(SBL and Brill, 2004).

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