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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"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....

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ISBN : 9780830826193
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Number of Pages : 213 Pages
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The Cross From A Distance: Atonement In Mark's Gospel Reviews

  • Kevin Courter
    2019-03-28 02:13

    This book maintains the high quality of the New Studies in Biblical Theology series, of which it is the 18th volume. The cross is prominent in all of the Gospels, but especially in Mark. Even its earlier sections point to the atonement. As Bolt progresses through this Gospel, he takes into account the culture of that day as well as their understanding of the OT to explain various atonement themes. The cross makes possible salvation by faith alone. It reveals God’s merciful plans for the world. It shows that we need not fear tribulation or suffering from the world because Christ has overcome the worst of it. It shows that we need no longer fear the wrath of God. Finally, by introducing characters who stand and watch the crucifixion from a distance, Mark brings us into his narrative as well. We, too, see the cross from a distance, both of space and time, yet in the same world. Yet, from that vantage point, God makes himself known to us in Christ.

  • Treebytheriver
    2019-04-21 22:13

    Very helpful focus on how Mark builds his story to focus on the climax of the cross. Perhaps a bit haphazard in structure, but felt easy to read despite the scholarly nature of his argument.

  • Mundy Carroll
    2019-04-06 01:59

    This is a great book. I've often looked at it, and thought: "wow - probably too technical" and have missed out. He walks us through Mark's gospel with some helpful themes, carefully considered, and helpfully explained. I found a lot of wealth in his book which I will draw from when next I preach through Mark. Of particular interest were his thoughts on Mark 13 (the so-called apocalyptic discourse), and how the chapter relates to the cross of Jesus, rather than his return. Not sure I'm on board, but it was a refreshing and well-argued chapter. I'd recommend this book to anyone thinking of preaching Mark, or anyone who is keen to dig a little deeper into that gospel - this is good stuff.

  • Daniel
    2019-04-25 01:07

    This was a good book. Not great, but good. I read this as I was preparing to lead an inductive study in the book of Mark and appreciated this as a resource to think about Atonement theology in and through Mark's gospel. A helpful resource, if a bit focused a little too strongly on atonement theology as substitionary in my mind.

  • Jacob Meiser
    2019-04-20 23:53

    Amazing book. Bolt takes you straight into the 1st century mind to understand the cross as they understood it, to see it as they saw it, and be awed by it as they were. Definitely don't agree with everything he says, but I highly recommend this book!

  • David
    2019-04-14 18:00

    A book with an interesting, and somewhat helpful perspective on the Gospel of Mark. Everything in the Gospel points ahead to the cross.

  • Chuck
    2019-03-25 18:07

    Challenging read that elevates the cross as the means by which a "distant God" came near. The section on Mark 13 as a precursor to the passion narrative is worthy of healthy consideration.