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Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory
Recent scholarship on the historical Jesus has rightly focused upon how Jesus understood his own mission. But no scholarly effort to understand the mission of Jesus can rest content without exploring the historical possibility that Jesus envisioned his own death. In this careful and far-reaching study, Scot McKnight contends that Jesus did in fact anticipate his own death, ...more
Hardcover, 451 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Baylor University Press
(first published August 1st 2005)
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In Jesus and His Death, Scot McKnight undertakes a historical look at how Jesus understood his own death. He begins with a study of the "historiography" of Jesus studies, looking at the historical methods currently in use, often in the background, in studies about Jesus and the New Testament, broadly categorizing them as modernist or postmodernist in orientation. After surveying this turf, he goes on to investigate how Jesus' death has been understood in modern studies of Jesus, largely concludi ...more
The significance of the death of Jesus for the Christian faith cannot be overemphasized. From the theologizing of the St. Paul, to the dubious efforts of Anselm, all the way to the theologia crucis of Luther and Moltmann, the cross of Jesus has been central to Christian theology and praxis. Thus, it is surprising how few recent Jesus scholars have contemplated Jesus' own view of his death. In North American scholarship it has become all too common to simply assume that Jesus neither foresaw nor ...more
Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author or editor of forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. Dr. McKnight has given interviews on radios across the nation, has appeared on television, and is regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the ...moreMore about Scot McKnight...