Larry Shelton - Cross and Covenant: Interpreting the Atonement for 21st Century Mission

Cross and Covenant: Interpreting the Atonement for 21st Century Mission by Larry Shelton

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Genre: Christian Teaching
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 39435
Product Format: Book
ISBN: 9781932805673
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Authentic Media
Cat. Code: 9781932805673
Release Date: 08 Dec 2006

Introduction: The Postmodern Challenge
A New Heart: A Personal Covenant Narrative
Understanding Divine Expectations
The Old Testament and Divine Expectations
The Divine Expectations in the Old Testament Feasts and Sacrifices
Divine Expectations in the New Testament
Key New Testament Atonement Elements
Divine Expectations in Christian History
A Historical Survey of Atonement Theories: Three Classic Theories
A Historical Survey of Aronement Theories: Three Forensic Theories
A Historical Survey of Atonement Theories: Moral Influence and Other Theories
Divine Expectations in Christian History: Covenant Interpersonal Perspectives

'This is important work, and we are indebted to Shelton for his theological clarity, his scholarly breadth, his sensitivity to the contemporary debate on the atonement, and his mission-mindedness.' Joel B. Green , Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary.

The cross lies at the heart of Christian faith and yet in a fast-changing cultural context many Christians are struggling to make sense of the atonement and how best to communicate its meaning.

Larry Shelton grasps this bull by the horns and sets forth what he considers to be both a solidly biblical and missionaly relevant account of Christ's atoning work. At the core of Shelton's thesis is the claim that covenant relationship has to form the centre of our theological reflections on the cross. Moving through both Old and New Testaments, Shelton argues that all the diverse metaphors for atonement can be held together by the organizing notion of 'covenant relationship'.

Then, tracing the history of theologies of the cross from the second century through to the contemporary world, he sets forth a Trinitarian, relational, and contemporary model of the atonement that parts company with penal substitutionary accounts.

R. Larry Shelton is Richard B. Parker Professor of Wesleyan Theology at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Portland

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