The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ By Fleming Rutledge

I can’t remember the last time I was as excited by a book as I am about The Crucifixion. All Christians need to understand the significance of the Cross, and our churches need to teach and preach about the saving suffering of Christ. That is the contention of Fleming Fleming Rutledge The book must be a labor of love as it is exhaustively researched and very articulate. The material seems to be open minded, but within a limited theological framework that excludes some very important points of view. We can agree that the cross is an integral part of Fleming Rutledge A great book covering the theology of the cross as a mosaic of various themes and motifs rather than a series of incompatible theologies. The book is aimed at a broad but educated audience it's not just for scholars but plenty of scholarly technical terms. She Fleming Rutledge As many other reviewers, I think this is an excellent read. The beginning chapters are very readable and describe in great detail just what happened to Jesus before and during His time nailed hanging on the cross. The middle chapters on the discussion of motifs slows down Fleming Rutledge I was blessed by much of this book, especially chapter 2 on the godlessness of the cross which powerfully opened my eyes to how scandalous it really was at the time. That chapter alone is worth the price of the book. Rutledge plunges deeply into the evils of humanity and Fleming Rutledge

Though the apostle Paul boldly proclaimed Christ crucified as the heart of the gospel, Fleming Rutledge notes that preaching about the cross of Christ is remarkably neglected in most churches today. In this book Rutledge addresses the issues and controversies that have caused pastors to speak of the cross only in the most general, bland terms, precluding a full understanding and embrace of the gospel by their congregations. Countering our contemporary tendency to bypass Jesus crucifixion, Rutledge in these pages examines in depth all the various themes and motifs used by the New Testament evangelists and apostolic writers to explain the meaning of the cross of Christ. She mines the classical writings of the Church Fathers, the medieval scholastics, and the Reformers as well as recent scholarship, while bringing them all into contemporary context. Widely known for her preaching, Rutledge seeks to encourage preachers, teachers, and anyone else interested in what Christians believe to be the central event of world history. The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

While being moved and inspired by the Reverend Fleming Rutledge's preaching for over 30 years, I have just come to her published writings and find them equally insightful. As a searching layman, I found The Crucifixion challenged me in ways other theological writings Fleming Rutledge Fleming Rutledge spent 20 years writing this book. It is a very thorough examination of motif's in the Bible related to the cross. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is 600+ pages, it has 1,500 footnotes, but it is not hard to read. I have marked on nearly every Fleming Rutledge Breathtaking scholarship roots this outstanding book and gives wings to a subject which is than needful in this age in which Christian religion has been reduced to to veneers. I have given 4 copies to friends. 2 pastors in my church also are reading it. While Fleming Rutledge

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