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The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross by Leon Morris

This modern classic of biblical scholarship explains what the apostles meant when they used such words as "redeem," "covenant," "propitiate," "reconcile," and "justify." Leon Morris carefully explores these themes against the backgrounds of both Old Testament Judaism and New Testament Christianity -- a rewarding task that results in a more complete understanding of these key Christian terms.

Leon Morris delivers a theological robust rebuttal of CH Dodd's explanation, and the modernist view of Christ's sacrifice being too bloody for a just God. The word "hilaiskos" is hermeneutically proven to mean "propitiation" and not just "expiation". Sadly many Bible versions persist in opting in favor of translating the word as "expiation" which fails to assert that God's wrath was appeased. There is correspondingly a lesser need for repentance.