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The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel
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The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel


Apollos, IVP 2004

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"They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha. . . . And they crucified him. . . . Some women were watching from a distance" (Mark 15:22, 24, 40). At the climax of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus of Nazareth is put to death on a Roman cross. The text tells us, in that lonely hour, that a group of women were watching the crucifixion “from a distance.” In a sense, they are given a stance toward the cross that we can share.

Peter G. Bolt explores why the cross is so prominent in Mark’s Gospel. He asks what contribution Mark’s teaching can make to our understanding of the atonement. He shows how this teaching can inform, correct, and enrich our own preaching of the gospel in the contemporary world. He helps us to stand in wonder before God who has come close to us in the cross of Jesus Christ and to live in hope for the better things to come.

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Key Features

  • Contains scholarly and accessible volumes written by well-respected Biblical scholars
  • Includes notes that interact with the best of recent research and significant literature
  • Engages the immense challenges facing today’s church
  • Offers new insights and challenges established positions
  • Encourages Christians to better understand their Bibles through biblical theology


  • The Cross and the Abolition of Religion
  • The Necessity of the Cross
  • The Cross as "the End of the World"
  • The Cross: Where God Comes Close
  • The Cross, Resurrection, and the Hope of Humanity

Praise for the Print Edition

In this study of the Gospel of Mark, Dr. Peter Bolt is an enormously engaging and informed guide. Section after section of the Gospel comes into sharper focus, as more and more of Mark is read in the light of the movement and direction of its thought. Interwoven with the exegesis is a great deal of useful interaction with a wide range of well-chosen literature, and incisive meditation on what this cross-saturated text says to us today. Dr. Bolt combines careful reading and profound theological synthesis. . . . The result is a book that will stimulate and edify any serious Christian reader.

—D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Product Details

  • Title: The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel
  • Authors: Peter G. Bolt
  • Editor: D.A. Carson
  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (NSBT)
  • Publisher: IVP UK
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 213
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Theology

About Peter G. Bolt

Peter G. Bolt is lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.

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