The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark's Gospel (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
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Exploring the prominence of the cross in Mark's narrative, how it shapes our understanding of atonement, and its relevance in the 21st century, Bolt invites us to approach the crucifixion and stand in awe before God. He then demonstrates how Mark's Gospel informs, corrects, and enriches our preaching and teaching today. 224 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 083082619X
ISBN-13: 9780830826193
Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology

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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 that, in that lonely hour, 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. In this exploration of Mark's Gospel, Peter G. Bolt looks at why the cross is so prominent in the narrative, asks what contribution Mark's teaching can make to our understanding of the atonement, and shows how this teaching can inform, correct and enrich our own preaching of the gospel in the contemporary world. This New Studies in Biblical Theogy volume helps us to stand in wonder before the God who has come close to us in the cross of Jesus Christ and to live in hope for the better things to come. Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

Author Bio

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

Editorial Reviews

"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."

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    March 27, 2017
    Jimmy Reagan
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    This title in the highly-respected New Studies in Biblical Theology (NSBT) series published by IVP addresses the subject of the atonement in Marks Gospel. Since we see this subject showing up profusly in the latest commentaries on the Book of Mark, this volume will be a great addition to your shelves on Mark.

    In his Introduction, Mr. Bolt explains his reasons for why he feels this is an important subject today. He explains the great number of chapters dedicated to the Passion and the journey to the cross as being a prime consideration. He further explains, of course, the centrality of the cross to the entire New Testament. That centrality makes the atonement an important subject everywhere its mentioned in any biblical book. You will find that Mr. Bolt accepts the history of Mark and seeks to draw his conclusions directly from the pages of the Gospel of Mark.

    In chapter 1 we find a discussion of the cross and the abolition of religion that is commonly discussed in some circles. He works through that subject both in the details of Marks Gospel and a review of scholarly opinion and then reaches a conservative conclusion that honors a strong Christology. Chapter 2 is even better where he discusses the necessity of the cross. He uncovers a great deal of wonderful information in that chapter. In chapter 3 he discusses apocalyptic concerns while chapter 4 relates Christs reception among men. The final chapter adds the resurrection and our future hope to the discussion to great advantage. Be sure to notice his discussion of the effect of the Roman world on Marks Gospel as well as an explanation for what the Roman soldier meant at the cross when he called Jesus the Son of Man.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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