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The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement

, 2014
ISBN: 9781620326558


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In this groundbreaking book, Michael J. Gorman asks why there is no theory or model of the atonement called the “new-covenant” model. Gorman argues this understanding of the atonement was likely the earliest in the Christian tradition, dating back to Jesus himself. Gorman proposes that most models of the atonement over-emphasize the penultimate purposes of Jesus’ death and the “mechanics” of the atonement, rather than its ultimate purpose: to create a transformed, Spirit-filled people of God. The New Testament’s various atonement metaphors are part of a remarkably coherent picture of Jesus’ death as that which brings about the new covenant (and thus the new community) promised by the prophets, which is also the covenant of peace.

Written for both academics and church leaders, this book will challenge all who read it to rethink and rearticulate the meaning of Christ’s death.

For more by Michael J. Gorman, see Select Works of Michael J. Gorman (2 vols.).

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Key Features

  • Argues for a new covenant model of the atonement
  • Contends that the new covenant model is the earliest in Christian tradition, dating back to Jesus
  • Elucidates the primary purpose of the atonement: to create a transformed, Spirit-filled people of God
Michael Gorman in The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant, has accomplished keeping our eyes on what is known: that in the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has formed a new covenant people.

Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

This is an essential read and resource for New Testament theology-ethics.

Willard M. Swartley, professor emeritus of New Testament, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

. . . a richly textured statement of how the atonement reaches deeply into the scriptural story of God’s mighty acts in order to present the consequences of the cross for the church’s faith, hope, and love.

Joel B. Green, dean, Fuller Theological Seminary School of Theology

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Michael J. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. A highly regarded New Testament scholar, he has also written Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness and Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers.


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  1. Brayden Brookshier
    Gorman is a gifted writer. This book was such a delight! And I think his premise is spot on.


Digital list price: $26.99
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