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From Christ’s Death to Jesus’ Life

A Critical Reinterpretation of Prevailing Theories of the Cross- Translated by Joyce J. Michael

Jakub S. Trojan

This book began to materialize in the 1960s and 1970s during clandestine seminars organized by the author for Czechoslovak thinkers who dared to ponder theological questions during the communist era. It therefore provides a revealing glimpse of some of the issues that were of concern to people living under the domination of both the Nazi and communist regimes. This aspect of the book is evident in its emphasis on questions of theodicy which are raised by the idea that Jesus’ death was initiated by God.
At the same time, the book is very much concerned with contemporary issues. By analyzing traditional understandings of the cross held by a number of prominent theologians, the author seeks to address the fact that classic theories of the atonement do not speak in a compelling way to today’s secularized, post-Christian milieu. After examining perspectives that place central emphasis on the salvific consequence of Jesus’ death, the author presents his own views regarding the significance that Jesus’ life may have for the present age. He challenges his readers to venture a living interpretation of Scripture and explores the possibility that God’s plan of salvation is most faithfully represented by the compassion and justice that Jesus modelled throughout his entire life.

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Index adoptionism 44 n., 61, 280–1, 288, 417 Anselm, St, archbishop of Canter- bury 91, 102, 162–3, 281, 346 Barth’s relation to 133, 138, 144, 145 satisfaction theory 1, 6, 33 n. 10, 34, 59, 105, 177, 205, 227 anti, dia, hyper, peri 57 n. 25, 84–5, 86 n. 20, 137, 145 n. 30, 173, 204 n. 61 Balabán, Milan 322 n. 8, 359 n. 46, 391, 408 Barth, Karl 19 n. 29, 51 n., 133–49, 208–9, 266, 419, 423 in Debate over Der gekreuzigte Gott 229–30, 234–7, 247, 248, 249–50, 255 Bauckham, Richard 230–3 Berger, Karl 325 n. 10, 331 n. 21, 356–7, 364, 367, 371 n. 62, 374–5, 378–9 Berkhof, Hendrikus 167–77 Bible, key passages Old Testament Genesis 22 66, 139, 333 n., 365, 367 Exodus 3 117, 249, 388, 389, 394, 421 n. 66 Exodus 12 119 n., 120, 122, 124, 126 Exodus 24:8 154, 171, 372, 374, 376 Leviticus 16 57, 112, 160, 260 n. 2 Deuteronomy 21:23 33, 60 n. 33, 155, 181, 259, 302 Psalm 22 2, 49 n. 7, 61 n. 39, 119, 127–8, 170 n. 11, 201–2, 302 n. 3 Isaiah 52:13–53:12 119, 122–7 Isaiah 53 49 n. 7, 61–2, 85, 102, 109, 117 n. 6, 118, 123–5, 139, 154, 162, 301, 357 Jeremiah 31:31–4 339, 375, 376 n. 73, 377 New Testament Matthew 3:27...

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