The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant
A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Atonement theologies have for some become atonement wars that mirror culture wars. Atonement theologies have become obsessed with the mechanics of atonement, that is, how God accomplished atonement--how justice was dealt with, how sin was erased, how God's wrath was pacified. Far too often atonement theologies have focused on what is less known and ignored what is known. Michael Gorman in The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant, has accomplished keeping our eyes on what is known: that in the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has formed a new covenant people."
--Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL
"This book, what a gem! Gorman situates atonement in the new messianic cruciform covenant, fulfilling OT visions of peace. Reorienting standard atonement theories, Gorman grounds atonement where it belongs, in Jesus's gospel of peace, love-driven death, and new covenant! Virtually all NT writings bear witness. Salvation, politics, and spirituality shine in new light. The bibliography is rich. This is an essential read and resource for New Testament theology-ethics."
--Willard M. Swartley, Professor emeritus of New Testament, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN
"With this biblically and theologically mature study, Michael Gorman shifts our focus away from fascination with the how of the atonement and toward reflection on the what: What does Jesus's death accomplish? The result is a richly textured statement of how the atonement reaches deeply into the scriptural story of God's mighty acts in order to present the consequences of the cross for the church's faith, hope, and love."
--Joel B. Green, Dean, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
"Traditional atonement theories, often historically unmoored from the large narrative of Scripture, try their best to articulate what we are saved from. Gorman's book sounds the clarion call of the New Testament found in Jesus Christ--that ultimately we have been saved for and called to spirit-empowered, cruciform discipleship in Christ as children of God's new covenant of shalom. As the New Testament atonement metaphors rest within the grand scope of God's covenant of salvation, we hear afresh the truly astonishing good news of the gospel!"
--Cherith Fee Nordling, Professor of Theology, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL
"Spread the word! The New Testament demands that Christ's atonement on the cross must bring forth a holy witness in the very practices of each and every Christian parish and congregation. Thanks to Michael Gorman for taking us beyond endless discussions of the 'how' of Christ's atonement to its visible end, Christ's atonement as manifest in the life of the church for the sake of the world!"
--John W. Wright, Professor of Theology and Christian Scripture, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA