The Crucifixion
Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ
Category: Theology

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Highlights

  • Christianity Today 2017 Book of the Year
  • Academy of Parish Clergy 2015 Reference Book of the Year

Product Details

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 more 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.

About the Author:

Fleming Rutledge is an Episcopal priest, a best-selling author, and a widely recognized preacher whose published sermon collections have received acclaim across denominational lines. Her other books include Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ and The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award.

Endorsements

Fleming Rutledge's The Crucifixion is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. . . . Rutledge has an extraordinary knack of cutting to the heart of the matter. Her book on the central reality of the Christian faith is supremely illuminating, a delight for the inquiring mind—and man, will it ever preach.
Robert Barron on Word on Fire
Rutledge helps those who preach and those who listen not only to understand the meaning and significance of the crucifixion, but also to stand under it in awe and devotion.
Anthony B. Robinson in Christian Century
Monumental. . . . Take up and read! Rutledge's volume wonderfully celebrates the triumph of redeeming grace: the crucified Messiah, Jesus who is the wisdom and power of God.
Robert P. Imbelli in Commonweal
This is a work of a lifetime that could only be written by someone who has lived a life determined by the cross.
Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
An amazing and fascinating study. . . . Pastors might well commit to spending a year with this book—in conversation with others, if possible. It will preach!
Presbyterian Outlook
Before we can get to the glorious resurrection, we must take full account of the tragic necessity of the cross. . . . Penetrating and unflinching in its insistence on Jesus Christ, condemned, crucified, dead, and buried, this book powerfully demonstrates that the crucifixion of the Son of God is good news of cosmic and comprehensive scope.
Leanne Van Dyk, Columbia Theological Seminary
Though I have been thinking much about the cross of Christ for a half-century now, Fleming Rutledge has taught me many new things in this wonderful book. And where she addresses matters that I have long cherished, she has inspired me anew. This book is a gift to all of us who pray for a genuine revival of crucicentric preaching and cruciform discipleship!
Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary