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Atonement: Jewish and Christian Origins

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What is the historical basis for today’s atonement theology? Where did it come from, and how has it evolved throughout time? In Atonement, a sterling collection of renowned biblical scholars investigates the early manifestations of this core concept in numerous ancient Jewish and Christian sources. Rather than imposing a particular view of atonement upon these texts, these specialists let the texts speak for themselves, so that the reader can truly understand atonement as it was variously conceived in the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament, and early Christian literature. The resulting diverse ideas mirror the manifold perspectives on atonement today.

Contributors to this volume—Christian A. Eberhart, Crispin Fletcher-Louis, Martha Himmelfarb, T. J. Lang, Carol A. Newsom, Deborah W. Rooke, Catrin Williams, David P. Wright, and N. T. Wright—attend to the linguistic elements at work in these ancient writings without limiting their scope to explicit mentions of atonement. Instead, they explore atonement as a broader phenomenon that negotiates a constellation of features—sin, sacrifice, and salvation—to capture a more accurate and holistic picture. Atonement will serve as an indispensable resource for all future dialogue on these topics within Jewish and Christian circles.

Resource Experts
  • Provides a diverse representation of perspectives on atonement
  • Examines the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament, and early Christian literature
  • Investigates the early manifestations of atonement in numerous ancient Jewish and Christian sources

Section 1: Critical Issues and the Development of Atonement Legislation in the Hebrew Bible

  • Atonement: Amid Alexandria, Alamo, and Avatar - Christian A. Eberhart
  • Sin, Sacrifice, but No Salvation: When the Circle Cannot Be Completed - Deborah W. Rooke
  • Atonement beyond Israel: The Holiness School’s Amendment to Priestly Legislation on the Sin Sacrifice (ḥaṭṭā’t) - David P. Wright

Section 2: Anthropology, Cosmology, and Mediators in Early Jewish and Christian Atonement Theologies

  • When the Problem Is Not What You Have Done but Who You Are: The Changing Focus of Atonement in Second Temple Prayer and Poetry - Carol A. Newsom
  • Ben Sira 50: The High Priest Is an Incorporative Divine Messiah and At-One-Ment Takes Place through Worship in the Microcosm - Crispin Fletcher-Louis
  • Get the Story Right and the Models Will Fit: Victory through Substitution in “Atonement Theology” - N. T. Wright
  • “Seeing,” Salvation, and the Use of Scripture in the Gospel of John - Catrin Williams
  • Sealed for Redemption: The Economics of Atonement in Ephesians - T. J. Lang
  • What Goes on in the Heavenly Temple?: Celestial Praise and Sacrifice in Ancient Judaism and Christianity - Martha Himmelfarb
  • Title: Atonement: Jewish and Christian Origins
  • Authors: Max Botner, Justin Harrison Duff, Simon Dürr
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2020
  • Logos Release Date: 2020
  • Pages: 241
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Atonement › History of doctrines--Congresses; Atonement › Biblical teaching--Congresses; Atonement (Judaism) › Congresses; Sin › Christianity--Congresses; Sin › Judaism--Congresses; Sacrifice › Christianity--Congresses; Sacrifice › Judaism--Congresses; Salvation › Christianity--Congresses; Salvation › Judaism--Congresses
  • ISBNs: 9780802876683, 0802876684
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T21:56:26Z

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Max Botner is assistant professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Justin Harrison Duff is a postdoctoral research fellow at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Simon Dürr is a research associate in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland


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