The New Testament Concept of Atonement: The Gospel of the Calvary Event

By H.D. McDonald

Christ’s atoning act analysed through close exegesis of the Biblical account

ISBN: 9780227172421


For the Christian faith, questions relating to God can essentially be viewed as centred on the person of Jesus Christ. In The New Testament Concept of Atonement, H.D. McDonald uses this key insight to examine mankind’s redemption, focussing on Christ’s atoning act as crucial in shaping God’s relation to humanity and the world. McDonald analyses elements which hold vital meanings and messages for the Christian doctrine of salvation. In the first six chapters he investigates single terms within the New Testament, such as ‘tree’ or ‘blood’ whose metonymical association with Christ’s redeeming act has often become obscured over time. Then, various biblical interpretations of the Calvary event are studied. In the final section, he analyses the importance of the findings in previous chapters and their implications for Christology. Detailed research underpins the text, in the tradition of Reformed biblical scholarship, with care taken to suggest further reading and trace sources.

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Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Pages 144

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About the Author

Dr H.D. McDonald was an Irish minister, and Vice-Principal and Senior Lecturer at the London Bible College. He spent time as a visiting professor at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical School and Regent College.


Explanatory Preface
Introduction: The Cruciality of the Cross
Note on the Outline

1. The Cross
2. The Tree
3. The Cup
4. The Death
5. The Blood
6. The Body
7. A Lamb Slain
8. A Passover Celebrated
9. A Covenant Made
10. A Sacrifice Remembered
11. A Ransom Paid
12. A Propitiation Offered
13. A Reconciliation Effected
14. Actual Realisation
15. Christological Implications