Scapegoats: The Gospel through the Eyes of Victims
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Scapegoats: The Gospel through the Eyes of Victims  -     By: Jennifer Garcia Bashaw

Scapegoats: The Gospel through the Eyes of Victims

Fortress Press / 2022 / Paperback

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Title: Scapegoats: The Gospel through the Eyes of Victims
By: Jennifer Garcia Bashaw
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
Weight: 15 ounces
ISBN: 150646937X
ISBN-13: 9781506469379
Stock No: WW469371

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Scapegoats are innocent victims who have experienced blame and violence at the hands of society. René Girard proposes that the Gospels present Jesus as a scapegoat whose innocent death exposes how humans have always created scapegoats. This revelation should have cured societal scapegoating, yet those who claim to live by the Gospels have missed that message. They continue to scapegoat and remain blind to the suffering of scapegoats in modern life.

Christians today tend to read the New Testament as victors, not as victims. The teachings and actions of Jesus thus lose much of their subversive significance. The Gospels become one harmonized story about individual salvation rather than distinct representations of Jesus's revolutionary work on behalf of victims. Scapegoats revisits the Gospel narratives with the understanding that they tell scapegoats' stories, and that through those stories the kingdom of God is revealed. Bashaw goes beyond Girard's arguments to show that Jesus's whole public ministry (not only his death) combats the marginalization of victims. These scapegoat stories work together to illuminate an essential truth of the Gospels--that Jesus modeled a reality in which victims become survivors and the marginalized become central to the kingdom.

Author Bio

Jennifer Garcia Bashaw is assistant professor of New Testament and Christian ministry at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She is an ordained minister and has served a variety of Baptist churches and ministries across the country.

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