Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Howard Marshall's new book

The Christian understanding of the meaning of the death of Jesus Christ and its relationship to the salvation of sinful humanity is currently the subject of intense debate and criticism.The papers covering this important area are expanded versions of the 2006 series of Chuen King Lectures given in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In the first two chapters Howard Marshall discusses the nature of the human plight in relation to the judgment of God and then offers a nuanced defence of the doctrine of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for sinners. The third chapter examines the place of the resurrection of Christ as an integral part of the process whereby sinners are put in the right with God. In the final chapter argues that in our communication of the gospel today the New Testament concept of reconciliation may be the most comprehensive and apt expression of the lasting significance of the death of Christ.

I. Howard Marshall is Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Honorary Research Professor at the University of Aberdeen.

I have seen the third chapter of this book and it is well written and persuasively builds a case that justification is indebted to the resurrection as well as the cross (for those who have read SROG, you'll know that such a conclusion is dear to my heart). The book is available directly from Paternoster.

1 comment:

CJW said...

Mike, thanks for letting me know about this. While a number of scholars and leaders have endorsed Pierced for our Transgressions, it is not without its critics. I hope that Marshall might actually carry off what I think the Oak Tree boys were trying to do: address legitimate concerns with the doctrine and restate it in a way that engages more than those who already hold it.