The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2015 - Religion - 669 pages
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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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If you have any at all interest in the basis of the Christian faith, you this book is a wonderful way to learn and understand the depth of what the crucifixion really means. It is long and sometimes ... Read full review

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After my conversion in 1981 I got to read The Crucifixion recently. The experience was overwhelming, like I was reading the gospels in a whole new way, expanded and expounded in a gripping and confronting way. It has helped give me a greatly renewed appreciation of the amazing things which Jesus did for us on the Cross. Thank you Fleming Rutledge. 

Contents

Introduction
1
The Crucifixion
34
The Gravity of Sin
167
Motifs of the Crucifixion
207
The Descent into Hell
395
The Substitution
462
Recapitulation
536
The Rectification of the Ungodly
571
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Fleming Rutledge is an Episcopal priest widely recognized in North America and the UK as a preacher, lecturer, and teacher of other preachers. Her published sermon collections, most recently And God Spoke to Abraham: Preaching from the Old Testament, have received acclaim across denominational lines. Among her other books are The Bible and The New York Times, Not Ashamed of the Gospel: Sermons from Paul's Letter to the Romans, and The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien's Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings.

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